Sally guns em down in Showdown

Natalie Briggs canters up the beach to paddle out through the very difficult conditions during the Under 21 semi final on Monday at Lennox Head.

Fifteen-year-old Sally Fitzgibbon from Gerroa turned it on in the heavy swell at Lennox Head on Monday to capture the Icon Australia All Girls Showdown Open Pro title, gunning down short priced favourites Pauline Merczer and Stephanie Gilmore with a stunning nine-point ride.

Fitzgibbon, who had already won the Under 16 title, powered out more than 150 metres from the shore, despite the squalls and intensely choppy conditions, to set herself up for the winning wave.

Fitzgibbon impressed judges and spectators alike in the Open Pro semi finals last year and also had a very successful tour to Brazil, coming runner up in the World Grommet Titles before cutting a swathe through the competition on the weekend.

Suffolk Parks Ebony Laird looked comfortable in the deep water and easily captured the Under 21 title, while Lennox Head local Jenny Boggis nailed the Under 28 final and Kayla Alyse Adam of Wereweather took out the Open B division.


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