South Coast surfers Sally Fitzgibbons and Owen Wright have been named part of a six strong Aussie contingent for the World Surfing Games to be held in Japan in September.
The South Coast duo join Ryan Callinan, Nikki Van Dijk, Stephanie Gilmore and Julian Wilson on Team Australia.
The 2019 World Surfing Games forms part of the criteria for Olympic qualification as Tokyo 2020 and Surfing’s debut looms with powerhouse nations Brazil, the United States and Australia to use the event in Japan as a rehearsal for the big show.
Defending World Surfing Games gold medallist Sally Fitzgibbons said the team environment is unique to the sport.
“We don’t get to experience that team culture as a group very often.
"To come together as Aussies and really have that intention of being there for each other and our country is powerful.
“I think the rehearsal vibe for what an Olympic Games would be like and the energy at this year’s ISA World Games is going to be perfect to continue to build the performance culture within Team Australia,” Fitzgibbons said.
Image: ISA Blainey Woodham
Surfing great KELLY SLATER says it'll be like something out of the final scene of the movie Point Break at Bells Beach today - a once in a 20-year swell bringing monster waves.
Owen Wright's the only Shoalhaven surfer left, after little bro Mikey was knocked out in the round of 32...
Michael Efron, at the bureau says the huge waves won't arrive for another few hours. "So we're seeing these really large waves developing through western Bass Strait this morning and reaching Bells Beach area about midday."
Photo: Owen Wright. Source: EPA-Kelly Cestari
South Coast surfers Sally Fitzgibbons and Owen Wright have helped guide Team Australia to victory in the mixed event at the World Surfing Games in Japan.
The Aussies beat South Africa by just 0.8 points while the US finished third.
Fitzgibbons held her nerve at the death to get Australia home after Wright posted two quick scores to give her as much time as possible in the water.
Final Aloha Cup Standings:
1st: Team Australia 38.19 points 2nd: Team South Africa 38.11 points3rd: Team USA 35.38 points4th: Team Japan 28.1 points
Images: Sean Evans, Ben Reed and Blainey Woodham
South Coast surfers Sally Fitzgibbons and Owen Wright will enjoy a day off after a lay day was called at the World Surf League's Margaret River Pro.
Fitzgibbons finished second behind Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb in her first heat to avoid the elimination round and progress to the round of 16.
Wright won his seeding round by just 0.1 over American Griffin Colapinto to advance directly to the round of 32.
Image: Sean Evans
Culburra surfer Owen Wright has claimed his fourth World Surf League title after beating Gabriel Medina in the final at Teahupo'o.
In a repeat of the 2018 decider, Wright found his grove to beat the Brazilian 17.07 to 14.93.
The victory is Wright's first since March 2017 when he claimed the Quicksilver Pro after a long lay off with a head injury following a wipe out in Hawaii.
Today's win sees Wright climb four spots to number eight on the World Rankings.
The Men's Championship Tour now heads to Surf Ranch in California for the event beginning on September 19.
Image: WSL Blainey Woodham