Sally Fitzgibbons was born an athlete. From an early age she decided she wanted to be a champion at something. She played soccer, touch football and cross-country running, and ended up a national champion middle distance runner in High School. For Fitzgibbons, all those sports fed off each other, but ultimately, her love for surfing is what won out. It’s hardly a wonder why, as she grew up on one of the prettiest stretches of coast on the planet, in Gerroa, New South Wales. She formulated her fully loaded approach in the wide variety of sparsely crowded lineups nearby, and by 16 she’d utilized her athletic approach to become the World Junior Champion. At 18, she clinched the Qualifying Series championship faster than any women in history after tearing through the first five events. She followed that remarkable effort up by finishing her rookie season in the No. 2 spot behind Stephanie Gilmore, sending an immediate shot across the bow. In 2011, she won three events, but finished runner-up again, this time to Carissa Moore. In 2012 she came second again to Gilmore. Despite three-straight misses to the World Title her fame was peaking, and Sally has lent her bright engaging personality to a number of commercial and philanthropic causes through the years. Even as she began to slide down the rankings, hitting her a low of No. 8 in 2016, she’s remained as engaged as ever. But midway through her slump season she decided to refocus her energy toward a World Title. She shed all of her side projects save for one: The Train Like Sally fitness program designed especially for surfers. By the time the 2017 season started Sally was in warrior shape, and she worked her way into the Jeep Leader’s Jersey again after her win at Margaret River and she was still wearing it going into the last event of the year on Maui. But an early round defeat there cost her dearly, and she fell to No. 3 for the season. As a true champion, however, Fitzgibbons remains in relentless pursuit of her goal, and always bringing her best. Today, she’s nowhere near giving up on her dream of a World Title.