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The Rock-itt : May 2010
Dee Why Beach was host to the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Women's Surf Championships last month. With a carnival atmosphere as the surf classic shared the beach with the Warringah Wine and Food Festival, thousands of surf spectators and festival goers mingled as a contingent of the world's top women's surfers battled it out for the rich, prestigious event. With organisers praying that there would be a reasonable ride on the day, good old Dee Why Point didn't disappoint, offering competitors a strong and fast 1.5 m wave, allowing them to show the judges what they could do. Australia's Stephanie Gilmore, reigning ASP World Champion, took out the classic ahead of Australian rival, ASP number 2 Sally Fitzgibbons. In a battle of the giants, the two girls were head to head with Fitzgibbons slightly in front with 5 minutes left on the clock. But as destiny would have it, Gilmore got on a dream set which gave her the opportunity to display the reason why she is number one and threw everything she had into it, manoeuvring her board every which way and scoring a big 7.20 to clinch the classic and the first prize purse of $20.000. Sally Fitzgibbons must have shook her head in despair wondering what she had to do to beat her rival but the $10,000 second prize would have taken some of the sting from being pipped at the post. Congratulations to Layne Beachley and her sponsor the Commonwealth Bank for a great classic and let's keep them coming. Rock-itt photographer Ian Bird was there at the final day of the event and snapped some great shots of the action and presentation.