Sally Fitzgibbons: when bottom turns get critical

Sally Fitzgibbons has claimed the 2014 Fiji Women's Pro, in an epic day of six-to-eight surf, at Cloudbreak.

Fitzgibbons defeated Stephanie Gilmore in their first match-up of the 2014 World Championship Tour season. With less than 15 minutes on the clock, Gilmore found a crucial wave for a narrow lead over Fitzgibbons.

Fitzgibbons fought back in need of only 2.73 and found a wave, overtaking the lead with a 3.00. Her modest scores proved enough for the victory, marking back-to-back wins on the 2014 ASP Women's WCT.

"I guess wins come in waves for me! To win in beach breaks in Rio last week and then in reef breaks in Fiji this week is a huge boost to my confidence," says Sally Fitzgibbons.

"I knew that I've been surfing well this year, and I just needed things to fall my way before the wins started coming. Carissa had a huge start to this season, but the year's a long way from being finished. I'm looking forward to the US Open."

Gilmore was in excellent form through the duration of the competition, topping Bianca Buitendag and Dimity Stoyle on her way to the Final, but failed to find the score needed to surpass Fitzgibbons for the win. The second place finish sees her move up in the rankings to current number three.

"The surf certainly got tricky there at the end of the day. There had been good waves coming in all day, but it's a challenging lineup and easy to find yourself out of place. It was a pretty slow final, and I fell on a couple that I could have capitalized on," adds Stephanie Gilmore.

"All in all though, it's been a great day, the girls all charged and it's been a great return to Fiji for the ASP Top 17. Onto the next one."

Fiji Women's Pro Final Result:

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.00 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.73