Note: Round One of the Women's Rip Curl Pro took the water today, results to follow shortly.
When the the curtain fell on the Movistar Peru Classic in June, Brazilian surfer Silvana Lima beat Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons for her first win on the ASP Women's World Tour. It was a breakout event for the 25-year-old and the third consecutive second-place finish for Fitzgibbons, who's proving in her second year on Tour that she's a serious title contender. But no title contender is more serious than three-time and reigning world champ, Stephanie Gilmore. The Australian missed making her fourth final in five tries by just .77 points, and her equal-third finish only served to solidify her lead atop the rankings.
And then ... silence. While the men knocked down events at J-Bay, Teahupoo, and Trestles, the women went into hibernation. When the curtain rises on the Rip Curl Pro Portugal on Wednesday, it will have been four months since the best women surfers in the world surfed a heat with world title implications. That's a lot of time to do ... well, what exactly? We talked to several of the tour's top competitors to find out how they spent their summer vacations.
"I do sessions with Jan Carton at CHEK training when I'm home," says Gilmore. "It's good to check in with Jan and see where I'm at with fitness. I mostly stretch and free surf though, its a pretty relaxed approach to the whole training thing."
Fitzgibbons, currently ranked second in the world, agrees that the time off is good for her training. She's been in her homeland of Australia enjoying her time in the water.Read More »