|The glorious Mount Taranaki|
|Event winner Sally Fitzgibbons|
Well I would've had these shots out a couple of days ago but I was waiting for a response back from a website and unknown to me the main person is on holiday. It puts me in the spot of do I put them out myself or wait. I think i've waited long enough so here we are, some shots from the Subaru Pro in my backyard of Taranaki. I've tried to put a shot of everyone in here, my apologies to Sally for missing 2 of her heats and not getting the best shot of her.
Sally Fitzgibbons took her 2nd win in a row and deservedly so. Showing she was serious about wanting this event scoring an impressive 18.45 in the 1st round, continuing onto a score of 19 in round 3 getting a near perfect 9.75 in the process. The dropping tide on the Saturday gave for extremly testing conditions creating a horrendous rip just as Kiwi and Taranaki local Paige Hareb entered the water for her quarter final against Coco Ho. The rip so bad no waves were had in the first half of the heat causing the judges to call for a restart. Unfortunately for the local supporters Paige did not proceed any further but she definately did put up a good fight in the frustrating rip. Coco then got knocked out in her semi by event winner Sally Fitzgibbons.
Carissa Moore who was leading the ASP rankings up to this event came up against Fitzgibbons in the final, unfortunatley for Moore the waves just did not come her way. This event has set the stage for the rest of the season with only 50 points seperating Fitzgibbons and Moore. It was a fantastic event, the waves were a bit small but the surfing more than made up for it, hey at least it wasn't howling onshore and pissing down!
Here's my results...
-Tube of the comp went to Tyler Wright for her pre-comp barrel on a smoking right
|Best floater - Paige Hareb on a bit of a sucky wave, I'm pretty sure she had a big grin after she made it|
|Best wave - Carrisa Moore taking apart a near 6ft wave|
|Best tail slide - Kiwi Sarah Mason for really pulling the tail around on nearly every turn|
|Cutback - Chelsea Hedges for a beautiful fluid cutback|
|Verticle hit goes to Stephanie Gilmore|
|Best Karate kick - Alana Blanchard during a warm up with good mate Laura Enever|
|Brightest wetsuit - the outrageous pink/orange suit of Laura Enever's|
|And last but not least, biggest smile goes to of course Sally Fitzgibbons|