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  • World Surf League: Sally Fitzgibbons & Gabriel Medina Win Rip Curl Rottnest Search in Australia

  • World Surf League the Championship Tour the fifth stop, Rip Curl Rottnest Search took place at Strickland Bay in Rottnest Island, Western Australia between May 16 and 25, 2021.
    On Rip Curl Rottnest Search Women's, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Johanne Defay (FRA) advanced to the Final for the first time this season.
    Sally Fitzgibbons defeated Johanne Defay with 15.60 points and claimed her first victory of 2021 season. It is her first victory since the 2019 Oi Rio Pro.
    Sally Fitzgibbons said, “I'm just exhausted. I gave it everything. That's what surfing is all about, just playing the game and enjoying whatever happens in the heat. It feels so good to be back in that winners' circle. I've set those goals all year and am quietly going about them in my own manner. I just believe it's possible if I do everything in my power, some days like this everything just aligns.”
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    Meanwhile, on Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men's, Morgan Cibilic (AUS) advanced to the Final for the first time on the Championship Tour and competed 2-time World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA). But, he surfed only three rides and earned 7.87 points. While Gabriel Medina received 7.00 and 8.50, with a total 15.50 points.
    Finally, Gabriel Medina took his second victory of 2021 season.
    Gabriel Medina said, “That was amazing, I had so much fun at this event. It has been my best year so far. I mean I had some hard heats, Connor and Italo, all these guys, it feels good to be surfing the way I like. I feel comfortable out there and just enjoy every moment. I am blessed to have these waves on tour, travel with my wife, and all these people around me. I want to enjoy this moment.”
    This result marks Sally Fitzgibbons moved up to 2nd position on World Ranking, also Morgan Cibilic and Johanne Defay sit at No. 5.

    Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men's Final Results:
    Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.50 def. Morgan Cibilic (AUS) 7.87

    Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men's Semifinal Results:
    Heat 1: Morgan Cibilic (AUS) 10.67 def. Liam O'Brien (USA) 8.33
    Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.70 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 7.17

    Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men's Quarterfinal Results:
    Heat 1: Morgan Cibilic (USA) 15.70 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.16
    Heat 2: Liam O'Brien (AUS) 13.23 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.83
    Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.80 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 13.60
    Heat 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.94 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 11.97

    Rip Curl Rottnest Search Women's Final Results:
    Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.24 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.23

    Rip Curl Rottnest Search Women's Semifinal Results:
    Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.43 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 7.64
    Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.50 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.83

    Rip Curl Rottnest Search Women's Quarterfinal Results:
    Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.10 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.47
    Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.50 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.43
    Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.53 def. Isabella Nichols (AUS) 14.43
    Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.60 def. Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 9.80
  • source : World Surf League
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