Honouring Aussie Women Surfers

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Hundreds of guests celebrated Australian women in surf and helped raise more than $20,000 for the Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation, at a weekend event in Manly.

Generations of world champions, surfing legends and upcoming stars attended the glamorous gala event at the Novotel Pacific on Saturday, to celebrate and acknowledge the triumphs of women in Australian and international surf.

Organised and hosted by Sally Fitzgibbons, who is working towards her first World Title in November at Honolua Bay in Hawaii, she praised her surfing heroes including Phyllis O’Donnell, Pam Burridge, Layne Beachley.

“As a young surfer from a small town in the south coast of NSW, it was the amazing women in this room who inspired me to follow my dreams in professional surfing,” she said.

“When I first started surfing professionally for the World Surf League Women's Championship Tour, I was struck by the support and friendliness of all the women towards each other. We all competed to win and when out of the water we were all treated as best friends,” said Sally.

Throughout the night, women’s surfing pioneers Pam Burridge and Layne Beachley shared their personal stories of struggle, sacrifice and success, detailing the highs and lows of their professional surfing careers as women in a ‘predominantly men’s sport’. 

Sunrise Sports presenter Mark Berretta honoured the Aussie world surfing champions and introduced young professional surfer Keely Andrew, from the Sunshine Coast, inviting her to share her story with guests.

“I am so thankful for the iconic women who have paved the way for women’s professional surfing in Australia and around the world, and I am really excited to be surfing with people like Sally, Tyler, Carrisa and Stephanie this year,” said Keely.

The night featured live music from Eleanor Jacks - a Top Five Triple J Unearthed artist, engaging videos, incredible food, giveaways and a live auction to raise much needed funds for the Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation, inspiring the next generation of kids to live healthy and active lives.

For more information, visit www.sallyfitzgibbonsfoundation.com