Gabriel Medina and Sally Fitzgibbons Win the Rottnest Rip Curl Search
Sally Fitzgibbons and Gabriel Medina have won the Rip Curl Rottnest Search after the biggest day of surf during the competition window. Fitzgibbons and Medina are the first Championship Tour surfers to win an event at Strickland Bay, on the island of Wadjemup.
"I'm just exhausted. I gave it everything," - Fitzgibbons said after winning.
Medina With A Comfortable Lead Heading Into Surf Ranch
Meanwhile, Medina has solidified his hold of the Number One position, with around 8000 points separating him and World no.2 Italo Ferreira. But this is still a very solid result for the runner-up Morgan Cibilic, who is now no.5 in the world going into the Surf Ranch event. This is an impressive ranking for a surfer in their Rookie year, and comes after an Australian leg in which Cibilic eliminated John John Florence twice, made two Semifinals and a Final.
Tour Headed To The Surf Ranch
After four events in Australia the Tour will now head to the Californian desert for the Jeep Surf Ranch Pro. This will put an interesting spin on the jostling for Final Five positions, with the wave pool requiring very specific boards as well as favoring progressive surfing. This event also comes at a time in the season when some athletes are desperate for a good result to ensure they remain on Tour next year.