Monday May 10, 2010

Sally Fitzgibbons Wins Estoril Surf Billabong Girls

The ASP Estoril Surf Billabong Girls 6-Star Women's event was won for the second year in a row by Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in a one-sided final over Jacqueline Silva (BRA) at the main contest site of Bafureira in Estoril. 

Conditions once again varied during the day with reasonable 4ft (1m) right-handers wrapping the reef at Bafureira to run the final day of the Estoril Surf Billabong Girls 2010. Event officials gave the green light for the action to with the incoming tide helping to increase the size of the waves and light winds helped to clean up conditions after yesterday's strong southerly wind.   

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) was unstoppable as she steam rolled her opponents on her way to claiming back-to-back Estoril Surf Billabong Girls titles finally over coming Jacqueline Silva (BRA). Handling the testing conditions using high quality rail-to-rail carves on the complicated peak at Bafureira, Fitzgibbons never looked in doubt during the 35-minute final.   

The current ASP world ranked no.2 started the final strongly with two solid rides, a 6.75 and a 7.25 out of a possible 10 to then nail shortly after an excellent 8.25 forcing Silva a combination of two rides to overtake her and in the process obtained the highest two-wave total of the day 15.50 out of a possible 20.   

Taking second, Silva secured 2520 valuable Women's Star Series points in her attempt to requalify for the elite ASP Women's World Tour. Having surfed brilliantly in her semi-final clash Silva was unlucky not to secure any of the high potential scoring waves that began to come through during the middle stages of the final.   

Sage Erickson (USA) fought all the way to the final siren during her semi-final encounter in an attempt to reach the final eventually finishing equal 3rd her best result for more than a year on the ASP Women's Star Series. With determination and strength she searched in vain for her backup score pushing Jacqueline Silva all the way to the final siren.   

Tyler Wright (AUS) also finished equal 3rd failing to find any real scoring waves in her 30-minute semi-final bout. Having impressed in all her heats throughout the event and surfing Bafureira for the first time this morning Wright felt that her lack of experience at the break was not a problem and her overall result is more than welcome. 

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