Sally Fitzgibbons is far from her NSW home but the surfing superstar feels right at home in Margaret River.
The 22-year-old was carving up the swell the minute she could get into the water ahead of the Margaret River Pro this weekend.
"I love coming to WA. I wish I could come here more," Fitzgibbons said. It reminds me of where I live in Gerroa, which is a small coastal town similar to Margaret River."
The world No.2 said she was pumped for the event, where the world's best surfers, including Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow and Stephanie Gilmore, will compete.
Fitzgibbons said she was excited about warming up in a monster swell tipped to reach more than 3m today. This year she is also determined to win her first world title after seeing rivals hoist the trophy for three years while she was relegated to second place.
She was the bridesmaid again at last weekend's Roxy Pro when Tyler Wright overtook her on the last wave.
"Everything went to plan except for that 10 seconds in the final," she said. Fitzgibbons said her near misses have "fuelled the fire" to win at Margaret River and, ultimately, the world title.
"That's always been my goal since I was really little and I definitely won't stop until I get that," she said.The Margaret River Pro's upgrading to a world title event means it will attract the top 18 female surfers this year and the top 32 men next year.
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