ASP Women’s Star Events
Sally Fitzgibbons has won the ASP 6-Star Hunter Ports Women’s Classic over Malia Manuel (HAW) in 2 foot (1 meter) surf at Merewether beach, Newcastle. The Final was a fairly one-sided affair with Fitzgibbons dominating the wave selection and execution, this is her 2nd ASP 6-Star win in a row after taking out the Australian Open in Manly in February.
Fitzgibbons, runner-up to the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title has been a standout performer at Surfest all week, posting 4 of the top 10 single waves scores of the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic. In today’s Final Fitzgibbons was clinical in her attack, executing fins free turns, perfectly timed snaps and smooth carves.
Newcastle’s Surfest competitors were greeted with small but clean 2 foot (1 meter) surf for the ASP 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro and the ASP 6-Star Hunter Ports Women’s Classic. The last six heats of the Round of 144 of the Men’s competition were run, followed by the Round of 48 of the Women’s at Merewether beach, with competitors forced to be selective in the tricky conditions.
Sage Erickson (USA) posted a massive two-wave heat total of 17.30 (out of a possible 20) in her dominant Round of 48 hit out today. Ericson is in her rookie year on the Elite ASP Top 17 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
“Newcastle reminds me of California with these white sand beaches and a lot of wave choices,” Erickson said. “I feel at home here. I’m enjoying the scenery and the clear water. The surf is smaller today, but there’s a couple of fun peaks coming through. It went my way in that heat and I’m excited for my next one.”
Carissa Moore (HAW), reigning ASP Women’s World Champion won her opening heat at the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic. The young Hawaiian’s smooth and powerful surfing saw her clock two excellent score to easily advance to the Round of 24.
Matt Banting (AUS) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) have taken out the Inaugural Australian Open of Surfing Pro presented by Hurley and Billabong at Manly beach yesterday. The beach was packed with tens of thousands of surf fans for the final day of competition and they were treated to an exciting show with close back-and-forth battles, powerful turns and big airs as the world’s best surfers fought for the prestigious crown, precious ASP World Tour ratings points and tens of thousands of dollars prize-money.
With critical points and prize money on offer the competition was fierce today for the opening round of the women's ASP 6-Star division. Check out the highlights.
Today the Australian Open Of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong saw the world’s best female surfers hit the water and put on an impressive show for the revellers on the beach and online. With critical points and prize money on offer the competition was fierce for the opening round of the women’s ASP 6-Star division.