Sally Fitzgibbons, Puerto Rico Cestari/ASP

After an amazing year on Tour, teenage Australian surfing sensation Sally Fitzgibbons has narrowly missed out on her maiden ASP Tour title. Going into the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico, Sally (pictured above) led the standings with only herself and Stephanie Gilmore, champion for the last three years, in the running for the 2010 title.

Unfortunately, Sally lost in the semifinals to Carissa Moore (pictured, below), and Gilmore’s sensational win over Moore in the final meant she retained her title yet again.

“It’s disappointing to lose when you have a strong lead early on,” Fitzgibbons said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s been a strong event for me, but I’m still looking for that first win. That’s my goal for the next event in Hawaii and I want to finish strong to set me up well for a big year next season.”

"To be in the final with Steph Gilmore after she just accomplished what she did was really special" –Carissa Moore

As for Moore, she climbs from fifth to third in the ASP World Tour rankings with one event to go – at home in Hawaii – in her rookie season.

“Of course I wanted to win, but to be in the final with Steph [Gilmore] after she just accomplished what she did was really special,” Moore commented. “I’m really thankful to be here in Puerto Rico – it’s beautiful and warm, and really reminds me of home.

“I’m looking forward to heading back to Oahu to finish the season out.”

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