Australian Sally Fitzgibbons won the Estoril Billabong Girls, a Women’s 6 Star WQS, with 18.60 out of a possible 20 points, setting the seal on the competition and at the same time the Estoril Surf Festival. Second place in this three-day event held between Carcavelos, Guincho and S. Pedro do Estoril, went to Hawaiian Coco Ho (with 16.90 points), with Hawaiian Carissa Moore and Australian Jessi Miley-Dyer finishing third ex-aequo. This is the third time that 18 year-old Sally Fitzgibbons has won a surfing event in Portugal, out of three visits to our country. She performed at the very highest level throughout the event, triggering one of the most competitive women’s surfing finals ever at Bafureira beach in São Pedro do Estoril. With the weather conditions perfect for the sport, thousands of onlookers crammed the beach to cheer on the competitors, who demonstrated rare finesse and mastery in the way they rode the perfect 4 to 5 feet waves. The Estoril Coast’s natural conditions for surfing exceeded all expectations, according to Brodie Carr, CEO of ASP International (Association of Surfing Professionals), who said that this was “the place that offered probably the best waves that a women’s contest has seen in recent years”. The Estoril Billabong Girls brings to an end the Estoril Surf Festival, an event that began on 17 April and which included the 2* Estoril Quiksilver Pro Junior and the WQS 6* Estoril Quiksilver. Miguel Ruivo (Contest Director):
“The event could not have gone better. Estoril has great potential for hosting the highest quality surfing events. It has several places with point breaks where the waves are invariably well shaped, which means that events on this Coast are always bound to be a success. We had 13 of the world’s best 18 surfers competing here and I am confident that the five who were unfortunately unable to be present will come next year for sure. Portuguese surfers Joana Rocha and Francisca Pereira dos Santos compete on the WQS, and Ana Sarmento was awarded a Billabong wild card (sponsor invitation). Ana Sarmento and Joana Rocha were unlucky in their heats but Francisca surprised everybody by beating the world vice-champion, the Brazilian Silvana Lima. This elimination heat took place at Guincho beach, with two metre high waves”. Sally Fitzgibbons (Winner):
“I simply adore Portugal, it brings me luck. I’ve won all three times that I’ve competed here. It was a privilege to find myself in a final today with one of my best friends, Coco Ho, and to achieve such high scores with such perfect waves. I was very touched and at the same time I felt I had the support of the people on the beach. I would love to see a World Tour contest here. I’d be sure to win”.
The Estoril Billabong Girls is a RockSisters event, sponsored by Turismo do Estoril, Cascais Municipal Council, Billabong, Fuel TV, Mega FM, Kia Motors, Ericeira Surf Shop, VonZipper, Kustom, Dakine, NSP, Jardins Sintra, Análise Global, Girlz Magazine, Gente Jovem, www.surftotal.com and www.rock-sisters.com. [gallery link="file" columns="4"]