LOCAL surfing star Sally Fitzgibbons, 2011 US Open Champion and current World No. 2, continued her successful run in Huntington Beach, beating rookies Dimity Stoyle (AUS), 22, and Johanne Defay (FRA), 20, while posting a round three win to advance into the quarter-finals of the Vans US Open of Surfing.
“I went out there wanting to start strong because it can be unpredictable here,” Fitzgibbons said.
“You can’t rush Huntington, you just have to wait and be patient and hope you get some nice sets. This year has been great at the US Open and really special.
"There’s been big groups of girls around who have been sharing their stories and what they’re passionate about. I think it’s important for us to be out there inspiring the younger generation.”
Day five of the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing ran through rounds two and three of the ASP Women's World Championship Tour event in peaky, one-to-three foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier.
The Vans US Open of Surfing is the third of eight ASP Prime rated Qualification Series events, and the sixth of 10 ASP Women's World Championship Tour events on the 2014 calendar, offering crucial points towards surfer’s rankings and will be hoping to close the gap on current rankings leader Carissa Moore