I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Sally Fitzgibbons – Surfing champion, November Women’s Health Magazine covergirl and all around cool girl.
Sally Fitzgibbons, Surfing Champion and all round cool girl.
Chances are you already know Sally Fitzgibbon, after all, she’s a world champion surfer with many titles under her, uh, wetsuit?
Sally is one of the most down-to-earth, laid-back, girls you’ll ever meet and I really wanted to feature her here on Substance because she oozes health and fitness and, of course, Substance.
Big thank you to Sally for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for this weeks, People With Substance.
Do you surf every day?
Yes, I am in the surf everyday that it is possible. I have been in the water since I was a baby but somewhere around 4 years of age Dad started taking me out on a body board and pushing me onto waves and I have been surfing ever since.
What do you eat after exercising?
Exercise definitely makes you hungry and you look forward to eating something delicious. I’ll generally make sure I take in some protein; eggs or chicken and steamed vegetables or salad and finish off with some fruit.
What other training do you do as well as surfing?
Surfing is an all encompassing activity. I train all the elements and muscles on land that I will be using when I’m in the lineup and on a wave so I can be the best and strongest surfer I can possibly be. I train my cardio base by running, swimming, biking, skipping and circuit training. I do my strength training and weights in the gym and what ever my surrounding and natural elements have to offer, like cool parks, and equipment set out on running trails. Different styles of paddling technique and Yoga come into play also. Then a whole head of time in the surf. I love to continually change my routines and find that Xfactor that will elevate me above the rest. I am releasing a training App before Christmas to help those that would like to get into shape it’s called ‘The All Australian Beach Body’ people interested can preregister at trainlikesally.com.
What does an average day look like for you?
There is never a typical day being a surfer. You are working with so many different elements that can change your schedule so much that you have to be willing to adapt. Each day has a variety of training, media commitments and surfing a few different surf breaks. When and where I will be doing everything is only really decided the night before.
I’m ruled out of a bunch of indulgent foods as I am lactose intolerant but I love fruits such as; Figs, Blueberries, Raspberries, mangoes and guava!!
Favourite place to travel?
One of my favourite places to surf would be Fiji. It has such challenging waves that are super powerful. It really gets the adrenaline pumping and your mind hungry and inspired to improve in waves of consequence.
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by watching the greats of every sport. Following another athlete’s journey to the top and seeing them achieve their goals, inspires me to go create my special moment in my sport.
What are three things in your handbag right now?
Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, Solar D Sunscreen, Coconut oil
Last song played on your phone / Spotify?
Jessica Mauboy – This Ain’t Love
Last movie you watched?
From Sally’s Instagram and Richard Freeman