Sally Fitzgibbons stars in Portugal

Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT
Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT

GERROA’S Sally Fitzgibbons has dominated her round one match-up at the Cascais Women’s Pro, stop number eight on the World Surf League Championship Tour – in clean three-to-five foot surf.

The current rankings leader Fitzgibbons proved too strong for Hawaii’s Coco Ho and Portugal’s wildcard Teresa Bonvalot.

Fitzgibbons remained scoreless for the opening eight minutes of the heat but opened her account with a 6.50 to take the lead and skip elimination round two.

Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Footage: WSL

Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Footage: WSL

“Guincho is just a full mixed bag and every day you get something different,” Fitzgibbons said.

“It’s great to have the leader jersey and be in this position at this point in the season.

“There’s plenty more surfing to be done but it’s so good to feel comfortable.

“You have to grab onto the lead at some point if you want to hold on to it for the rest of the year.

“I’m definitely going to try and hang on tight until the end of the year.”

Culburra Beach's Tyler Wright. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT

Culburra Beach's Tyler Wright. Photo: WSL/POULLENOT

Culburra Beach’s Tyler Wright wasn’t as fortunate, falling to Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb in the opening round. Wright will attempt to bounce back in round two.


Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50, Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.70, Sage Erickson (USA) 10.14

Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.20, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.13, Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.30

Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.67, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.66, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 8.64

Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.17, Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.10, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.77

Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.17, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.37, Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.26

Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.00, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.30, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.30


Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)

Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)

Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT)

Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

Heat 5: Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)


Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Cam Richards (USA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Michael Dunphy (USA) 

Heat 2: Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Joshua Moniz (HAW) 

Heat 3: Davey Cathels (AUS), Deivid Silva (BRA), Parker Coffin (USA), Joan Duru (FRA) 

Heat 4: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Ricardo Christie (NZL), Italo Ferreira (BRA) 

Heat 5: Jadson Andre (BRA), Mikey Wright (AUS), Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), Connor O'Leary (AUS) 

Heat 6: Thiago Camarao (BRA), Keanu Asing (HAW), Mihimana Braye (PYF), Kalani Ball (AUS) 

Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT), Willian Cardoso (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Carlos Munoz (CRI) 

Heat 8: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Tomas Hermes (BRA),Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 9: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Marc Lacomare (FRA) 

Heat 10: Jackson Baker (AUS), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Nat Young (USA), Caio Ibelli (BRA) 

Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Michael February (ZAF), Ryan Callinan (AUS) 

Heat 12: Mateus Herdy (BRA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Cooper Chapman (AUS), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)


Heat 13: Frederico Morais (PRT) 16.00, Adam Melling (AUS) 12.93, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 11.73, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 8.17

Heat 14: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.90, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 11.53, Marco Fernandez (BRA) 10.24, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 10.10

Heat 15: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.83, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 11.23, David Do Carmo (BRA) 7.97, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 7.37

Heat 16: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 15.23, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.53, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.13, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 11.23

Heat 17: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.96, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.24, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.80, Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.63

Heat 18: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 14.07, Nat Young (USA) 13.10, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.50, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 10.10

Heat 19: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.60, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 11.67, Mitch Crews (AUS) 9.73, Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.54

Heat 20: Jackson Baker (AUS) 14.87, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.06, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 12.86, Soli Bailey (AUS) 12.03 

Heat 21: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.00, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.90, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 12.00, Jack Robinson (AUS) 10.94

Heat 22: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.90, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 12.50, Robson Santos (BRA) 9.37, Oney Anwar (IDN) 6.90

Heat 23: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 13.67, Michael February (ZAF) 13.47, Luel Felipe (BRA) 12.00, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 5.96

Heat 24: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 16.16, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 14.03, Marco Giorgi (URY) 12.67, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.40