Interview with Sally Fitzgibbons

Last week we had the chance to catch up with the amazing surf pro Sally Fitzgibbons. We chatted over tea about everything from winter training to accidentally running marathons and holiday traditions back home. As the winner of the Roxy Pro France held in Biarritz earlier this year and taking home the #3 spot on the ASP World Tour, we are excited to see what 2014 holds for this rockstar – who happens to be our new favorite person.

Sally hugging brother Simon after her win at Roxy Pro this year. 

As someone who travels the world, what kind of training do you do in the off-season?

There’s not really a full off-season. I’m probably more unique; I’m probably one of the only surfers that just constantly train. Having that background in all of the other sports, I just love the benefits of always being ready and at that level of fitness where I can really go and chase a swell at the drop of a hat or go and do an adventure race that came out with one of my sponsors or a 10k run or a half marathon or something.

It’s kind of unique, because I see no matter what place I go, I can see a training session as we are driving down the road. Like, oh those stairs would be really good for this set, or run up a sand dune and do a set here.

You’re about to have your birthday, so happy early birthday! Do you have any advice for young females athletes coming up behind you? 

It is kind of hard in your late teens, I feel there’s a lot going on when you finish school. For me I started traveling really young and a lot of it was coming really fast and I didn’t know how to juggle everything. I think you really settle in and hopefully I’m inspiring people to do what they are passionate about.

Even from the age of 7 or 8, I said I was going to be a world champion… and people said, it’s good to dream big, but that might be a little too big.

With the holidays approaching, do you have any favorite traditions with your family?
I feel like I bring the pep in my family for the festive holiday season, because with three older brothers they try to be a bit too cool at times, so I try to get them into it every year.

At home cricket is a big sport, and on Christmas Day we have the Fitzy Test Match. My brothers come home because they are scattered around the country, and they all come home and our neighbors join. We have summer Christmas so we Barbecue, play cricket and surf out the front. It’s kind of iconic Australian, but that’s what we do.

 Sally at Bryant Park in New York City.

Happy Holidays to Sally and her loved ones, we had such a blast catching up and chatting before she launches into what is guaranteed to be an incredible 2014 for this star. Make sure to keep an eye on her as the season kicks off, especially on her twitter and instagram accounts where she is constantly updating with her adventures around the globe.

-Erin Mintun 

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