South Coast surfer Sally Fitzgibbons has finished third on the women’s world championship tour.
The 22-year-old from Gerroa went down to newly-crowned world champion Carissa Moore in the final of the tour-ending EDP Cascais Girls Pro in Portugal.
After winning the previous championship event last week in France, Fitzgibbons was hoping to end the season with consecutive victories.
She knocked out former Culburra girl Tyler Wright in the quarterfinals and beat Hawaii’s Coco Ho in the semifinals to book a showdown with Moore in the decider.
But 2011 world champion Moore prevailed 10.44 to 9.70 to claim her second title in style.
Fitzgibbons now has a third-place finish to go with three second placings on the world tour.
As always, she was gracious in defeat.
‘‘Congrats to Carissa, she has been really impressive all year,’’ Fitzgibbons said.
‘‘[I’m] very happy with a strong finish to the year and I’m looking forward to next season.’’
Moore went into the final knowing she had already clinched the world title after Wright - her only threat - bowed out earlier in the day.
‘‘Sally is such a strong opponent and I knew she was hungry for another win after last week in France,’’ the 21-year-old Hawaiian said.
‘‘I was still riding the high of clinching the world title and I think that momentum helped me push through in the end.’’