Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Presented by Ford Fiesta
ASP Men's World Title event #2 ASP Women's World Title event #2 Bells Beach, Torquay Australia 19 - 30 April 2011
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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 April, 2011 : - - Bells Beach, Victoria/Australia – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, claimed her maiden ASP Women’s World Title event win today after a hard-fought Final with current ASP Women’s World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, taking out the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta and firmly announcing herself as a threat to the 2011 ASP World Title race.
The second stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach enjoyed some of the best conditions ever offered to the ASP Top 17, culminating in this afternoon’s epic clash in glassy three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves at Rincon.
Fitzgibbons, who finished Runner-Up in three events in 2010 as well as finishing the season in the Runner-Up spot, consistently outshined her fellow ASP Top 17 members at Bells Beach, launching into incredible high scores from the opening round of competition.
“This is so overwhelming,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s been a long journey for me to finally win and this is incredible. I can’t feel my arms or legs and I’m just trying to keep from crying right now. It’s been a really long time coming and I want to thank all the girls for pushing me as well as all my family and friends who have supported me over the years.”
Today’s maiden victory was made all the more emotional for the young Australian, clinching the title in the event’s 50th year of operation, surrounded by her heroes and sporting icons.
“It’s extra special to win it this year for the 50 years event,” Fitzgibbons said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always watched my heroes surf and win here and I’ve always dreamed of ringing the Bell and now that it’s happened, I don’t know what to say. The other night at the 50-year ball, I saw all my icons on stage and I was so inspired. So to win right now is a dream come true.”
Fitzgibbons now sits at ASP Women’s World No. 2 with today’s win.
Moore continued her rampage amongst the world’s best here at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, only falling short to Fitzgibbons in the Final. The gracious Hawaiian remains firmly in the driver’s seat in this year’s hunt for the ASP Women’s World Title, and will look to further cement her position at next week’s event in New Zealand.
“I’m stoked to have made the Final with Sally (Fitzgibbons),” Moore said. “For her to come out on top was awesome. We’ve have a lot of good clashes last year and this year, and her win’s been a long time coming so congrats to her. Of course I would have liked to have rung the Bell, but that may have to happen next year.”
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, enjoyed more of a return to form at Bells Beach, but the former three-time event winner was unable to overcome a rampaging Fitzgibbons in their Semifinal clash. Today’s Equal 3rd place finish has Gilmore sitting in ASP Women’s World No. 4 heading into the New Zealand event.
“I felt really good this event, my surfing felt more confident,” Gilmore said. “I’m happy with my performance, but hopefully I’m just building towards No. 1. Sally (Fitzgibbons) was so in form, she was throwing away scores that I was keeping as my top two, she’s well deserving of the win.”
Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, past event winner, put on a valiant effort in today’s conditions but ultimately fell to eventual winner Moore in her Semifinal heat. “Very happy with my performance at Bells and that we had good waves for the girls,” Lima said. “I’m sad that I couldn’t make the Final, but Carissa (Moore) was surfing really well and she deserves it. I’m looking forward to New Zealand.”
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The next stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival in Taranaki, New Zealand from April 27 – May 1, 2011.
MEN: The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger completed Round 4 of competition this morning with Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, Kelly Slater (USA), 39, Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, all taking out wins and advancing straight through to the Quarterfinals.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.
When the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Rangers resumes, up first will be Owen Wright (AUS), 21, against Bede Durbidge (AUS), 28, in the opening heat of Round 5.
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RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.77 2 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.40
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS: SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.10 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.60 SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.37 def Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.60
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH QUARTERFINAL RESULTS: QF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.57 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.60 QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.34 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 5.90 QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.44 QF 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.56 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.53
ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach): 1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 18,000 pts 2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16,400 pts 3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 13,200 pts 4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11,700 pts 5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,700 pts
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 4 RESULTS: Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.26, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.84, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.14 Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.67, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.17, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.04 Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.27, Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.37, Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.63 Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 19.10, Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.17, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.40
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS: Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS) Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA) Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF) Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
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Roxy girl Sally Fitzgibbons s'impose à Bells et remporte son premier succès en élite.
La surfeuse australienne du Team Roxy, Sally Fitzgibbons (20 ans) a signé la première victoire de sa carrière parmi l’élite cette nuit à Bells Beach (Aus) en remportant la 2ème manche de l’ASP World Tour 2011 face à l’hawaiienne Carissa Moore, 18 ans, dans des vagues de rêve (1,50m glassy) à Rincon.
Ce succès acquis avec fermeté marque un cap important pour la prodigieuse australienne originaire du New South Wales (Gerroa) qui évolue dans le Top 17 féminin international pour la 3ème année consécutive cette saison.
N°2 mondiale derrière Steph Gilmore, l’an passé, Sally Fitzgibbons a désormais ouvert son compteur à victoires sur l’ASP Word Tour et pointe déjà au 2ème rang du classement, tout près de Carissa Moore. Elle figure plus que jamais parmi les candidates sérieuses au titre de Championne du Monde 2011.
« Je suis bouleversée ! Ca a été une longue journée pour moi et finir par cette victoire c’est incroyable. Je ne sens plus mes jambes ni mes bras et pour l’instant j’essaie juste de ne pas fondre en larmes. Cette première victoire a mis du temps à venir et je remercie toutes les filles qui m’ont poussé, ma famille et mes amis qui m’ont soutenue toutes ces années. En plus je gagne ici à Bells l’année de la célébration du 50ème anniversaire de l’événement, devant tous mes héros du surf. C’est un rêve qui se réalise » a déclaré, très émue, la jeune Roxy girl.
A noter, la bonne 5ème place de la Roxy girl Sofia Mulanovich (Per) qui atteint les ¼ de finales à Bells Beach. Prochaine étape de l’ASP World Tour à Taranaki en Nouvelle-Zélande à partir du 27 avril.
The Rip Curl Pro - the world's longest running and most prestigious world tour surfing event will this year be celebrating the 50th anniversary of professional surfing at the internationally re-known Bells Beach – in Torquay, Australia. Long considered the ‘Wimbledon’ of surfing, the Rip Curl Pro is well known for its traditions and this is what makes it so unique on the ASP World Tour.
Since its early beginnings in the 1960’s, the Rip Curl Pro has always been held over the Easter weekend. It is a pilgrimage that the competitors, event officials and fans make each year, eating hot cross buns and Easter eggs whilst watching the world’s best surfers battle it out for the iconic bell trophy. To be able to ring the bell at the Rip Curl Pro in front of thousands of people is something that most surfers only dream of, and inspired the saying: “you have to win it to ring it”.
Past champions include Michael Peterson, Mark Richards, Lisa Anderson, Layne Beachley, Stephanie Gilmore and Kelly Slater who have each gone on to win numerous Rip Curl Pro trophies and world titles.
About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world's best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.