World No.2 female surfer Sally Fitzgibbons is no stranger to press conferences but she has never experienced the bombardment of questions she received during her Surfing Australia Pro Surfer Camp at Casuarina.
Sally was hosting a group of young grommets at her annual camp this week and endured a grilling from the participants eager to learn as much as they could from the 21-year-old.
“It’s so easy working with groms that are so excited about improving their surfing and it shows how much they love their surfing and want to get stuck into it,” Sally said. “It makes it easy to coach the young kids when they have the interest and drive to want to be the best they can be.
“I think through the amount of questions they had for me it sends the message they’re keen to carry on and get into the competitive side of the sport and extract everything they can from someone who has been through all the different levels.”
Sally, from Gerroa in NSW, now starts her final preparations for the Roxy Pro to be held on the Gold Coast from the 25th February.
She has finished runner-up on the World Tour during the past two years and was hopeful some new support from the camp participants would spur her on to the perfect start in her quest for the World Title.
“It’s such an honour to be at the stage in my career where I can host a Sally Fitzgibbons camp and it gives the biggest buzz to see how excited the girls are and nothing really beats that.
“It inspires me to kick it into overdrive during the next few weeks and the girls said they want to see me win the World Title so I will do my best for them.”
Sally’s camp was the final Surfing Australia Pro Surfer camp for summer following others hosted by World Tour competitors Laura Enever, Joel Parkinson, Adrian Buchan and Bede Durbidge.
Each camp participant had the chance to meet their surfing hero while receiving coaching from Australia’s finest fully accredited coaches. The camps also featured video analysis using state of the art computer software to illustrate correct surfing technique.
The Pro Surfer Camps are proudly supported by the Australian Sports Commission and Suncorp.