Under blue skies and in front of monster crowds, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons beat Lakey Peterson in the US Open of Surfing Final at Huntington Beach, California with combined scores of 14.23 to 12.40. She looked in control throughout the contest and it will be some consolation to the 20-year-old after narrowly losing the title to Carissa Moore at the Roxy Pro, Biarritz earlier this month.
On just her second year on the ASP Women’s World Tour recent Cooler cover star Sally has won three titles, which is the same as the winner Carissa Moore, and she finished runner up for the second time in two years.
And yesterday’s victory was especially sweet as Sally had lost in the US Open of Surfing final last year. She said,”It’s such an unbelievable feeling to get chaired up the beach. There is just a sea of people and it’s one of my biggest achievements.”
“To get three wins this year, it has been a really special year and although I didn’t get the title, I can’t believe I’ve won this event.”
When asked about the progressive moment that’s going on in women’s surfing right now and its future, she said, “Today was just about connecting the dots and stepping it up,” Fitzgibbons said. “I think the future is bright for our sport.”
And as for Lakey Peterson well she won the Junior Title yesterday so she’s doing ok.
We’ll have full video highlight here soon but for now all we’ll say is well done Sally. Looking fwd to seeing you rip it up on the ASP next year!