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MARGARET RIVER, Western Australia/AUS (Saturday, April 8, 2017) – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)has won the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro today after taking down 2016 WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) in the Final. The Final Day of the women’s event witnessed the remaining four competitors compete in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 meter) conditions at Main Break in Western Australia.
The second stop of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, saw Fitzgibbons claim her first ever win in Margaret River, marking her 10th CT victory. Fitzgibbons’ success today now ties her for World No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard with six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).
“I’m so over the moon to be holding this trophy,” Fitzgibbons said. “When I heard my name being called out as the champion, I really felt a sense of belonging and calm. It’s been an amazing couple of weeks here in the West and to finish it off with a win is the best feeling. I love coming to Margaret River. I feel like it’s a place that I am super comfortable and familiar with, so it’s a special event win for me.”
The Final saw the heated all-Australian battle unfold between Fitzgibbons and Wright at Main Break. Fitzgibbons kicked off the Final with an authoritative 7.83 on her opening ride. Wright fired back on multiple attempts but was only able to lock in mid-range scores. Fitzgibbons continued to better her position with a strong 7.07, forcing Wright to chase an excellent 8.30. On her last attempt, Wright was not able to challenge Fitzgibbons’ 14.90 combined score.
“The town of Gerroa is so small and it was well represented today in the final with Tyler [Wright] and myself, which is really cool,” continued Fitzgibbons. “Holding equal first on the rankings is a special feeling for me. It’s a long year, so I just need to keep focused and keep to my goals and hopefully hold on to the top spot.”
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Final Results:
1 –Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.90
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.53
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1:Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.00 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 12.17
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.43 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.93
2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Drug Aware Margaret River Pro):
1 –Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16,500 pts
1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16,500 pts
3 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 13,200 pts
4 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 10,400 pts
4 – Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10,400 pts
Story provided by WorldSurfLeague.com.