The mighty Aussie surf charger Sally Fitzgibbons is one of the fittest and sportiest girls on the ASP Women’s World Tour.
It's not surprising considering she gave up a promising track and field career to become a surfer. She also starred on our cover way back in 2011, cool shot huh?
With our fitness cap firmly in place, we chat about the best places she’s run, best sports to improve your surfing, motivation and how the best exercise advice she ever had came from tennis player Martina Navratilova...
"There are so many amazing places I've run..."
"I use running to sightsee when I’m visiting any new country or landscape.
It’s hard to single out just one, but a few of my favourites would be the wilderness of Tasmania in Australia or Nova Scotia, when I was running in the snow up in the north.
The Jurassic Park Valley in Hawaii was incredible, as was the deserted island I was on in Mexico, which had one crazy peak that I would run up.
I’ve also run in France, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, South Africa, the Maldives, Indonesia, the Great Wall of China, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil, Barbados, Puerto Rico, California, New York, the Azores, and right the way around beautiful Australia.
It really brings back memorable moments, having run in all these places around the world."
"I love exercising on top of surfing"
"I love training really hard on and off the board.
I love searching for what is out there, whatever I can do to get that extra one per cent improvement out of myself when I’m surfing.
I do a variety: running, biking, swimming, weights, strength and mobility programs in the gym, long open ocean paddles and skating."
"I'm motivated to exercise by..."
"...hunting down that World Title crown. I want to be the best in the world.
The overwhelming positive energy and amazing feeling I get internally draws me back to training with new found enthusiasm every day."
"The best exercises for surfing are..."
"...Running, yoga, pilates, spin classes?!
I feel the strength and conditioning component of my training is very important.
Getting strong enough to withstand all that power the ocean throws at you when you’re out there and being able to absorb the force and impact when you’re trying to land big manoeuvres."
"My favourite form of exercise is..."
"Anything and everything. I love it all!
It gives me amazing positive endorphins and if it’s a new sport or exercise I enjoy it even more.
It’s really exciting for me to challenge myself and push myself to the limits. I really revel in a good challenge."
"It has always come naturally to me to train year round…"
"I never really have an off-season.
I guess always having that ultimate goal of being World Champ in the back of my head, I know how much hard work has to be done to get there."
"I don't listen to music when I exercise"
"I don’t listen to music when I’m training outdoors or before my heats.
I like to tune into my environment and give my brain a bit of break from constant stimulation.
I use phones, computers and watch TV, so it’s a good time to take a break and enjoy my environment."
"The best exercise advice I’ve ever had came from tennis player Martina Navratilova"
"She said, 'Champions always find a way to adjust and adapt to their surroundings.'
I feel that is really true to what I’m faced with on a day-to-day basis. My location and surroundings are always changing and you have to find a place to do your training, learn to read new waves and breaks constantly.
No point in complaining when it doesn’t work out, find a way to adjust and do it better to keep moving forward and improving."
"I look up to the top athletes of each sport"
"I’m constantly drawing inspiration from athletes at the top of their game.
I also take opportunities to train with different professional teams and athletes in individual sports. To see what’s out there and discover new things that I can incorporate into my training."