Thursday, March 23, 2023

Kelly Slater sends message to Sally Fitzgibbons after being out of Australian tour

The surfing world has wrapped its arms around Sally Fitzgibbons after the Australian team left the Tour following a disappointing result at Margaret Rivers Pro.

Fitzgibbons was knocked out in the Round of 16 in Western Australia, meaning she failed to make the cut mid-season to remain in the top tier of the World Surf League.

The WSL this year introduced an initiative whereby the top-10 female surfers at the cut-off point would automatically advance, but Fitzgibbons was not among them, and had to remain in the Challenger Series if she wanted to win back. will be forced. His place on the Championship Tour in 2023.

It was a shocking development for the likable star from the NSW south coast, who has made 108 consecutive appearances during her 14-year tour. But Fitzgibbons put on a brave face, sharing a positive message on social media while immersed in her new reality.

“The unconditional love that comes with putting on my jersey #89. Everything about this sport, the surf community and my dream keeps me coming back for more,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I felt all those joys and hugs from you yesterday and hope I can avenge it when we cross paths at your big moment.”

Fitzgibbons’ supporters in the surfing community – and there are many – showed their support for the 31-year-old.

Surfing royalty Kelly Slater commented on her post: “Legend Sally. I’m sure yesterday was a tough one, but I have no doubt you’ll be back in a few months after threatening Tour wins and that title.”

Fellow Australian surfing star Stephanie Gilmore wrote: “You’ll crush the cue and be back for the pipe no problem!”

Leckie Peterson said: “Love you sail. You always bring out the best in me as a competitor and as a human being. Loved every fight with you over the years. ,

Courtney Cologne said: “Love you sail! A true inspiration to all out there. Keep (Agni) alive.”

Brazil’s 2019 World Champion Italo Ferreira commented: “Love your surf @sally_fitz️” with love heart and fire emojis.

The Fitzgibbons got off to a bang at this year’s Margaret Rivers Pro, beating world No. 1 Carissa Moore on day one. The Australian won the competition in 2017 and finished third on four occasions, but could not repeat that hot streak this time.

Fitzgibbons started 2022 in a slump, crashing out of the first three events in the Round of 16.

She has won 12 events in her career and finished second in the race for the World Championships three times.

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