The success of the new FCS II system continues with Sally Fitzgibbons taking out the 2013 Roxy Pro in Hossegor, France, over worthy rival Tyler Wright. In clean 3 – 4 feet waves, Sal put on a captivating display of surfing, mixing acrobatic turns with solid rail carves.
Much like with the men’s tour, the uptake to the new FCS II system is in full swing and many of the WCT women are starting to reap the benefits; including the ability to change fins in seconds, and the seamless connection between the board and the fins.
Sal recently made the switch to the new system and immediately felt the difference. She had this to say post victory.
“My new quiver of Firewire boards arrived just before I left for France and they were all fitted with the new FCS II system. From the first surf the boards felt great and I could feel the difference; I could push harder and I just felt more confident through my turns”.
So the burning question, what template was Sal riding?
Sal was riding the Accelerator small PC (Performance Core) template, which is one of 4 templates in the FCS Essential Series fin range. The Accelerator is a functional template with flat foil on the side fins designed for surfers who like to attack the wave and surf with energy and power. It’s particularly good in critical, overhead waves.
In the lead up to the Roxy Pro Sal tested the full range of Essential Series fins, and while she had the Reactor and Performer templates in her back-up boards on the beach, it was the Accelerator template that offered her the performance she needed on the day.
“The Accelerator small template was perfect for the punchy breach breaks of Hossegor, and they worked a treat on finals day”.
Laura Enever and Steph Gilmore have also been quick to adopt the new FCS II system. Despite an early exit from the event, Laura still managed to post some high scores in the preliminary rounds on the Performer template. Steph focussed her attention on the Accelerator template in PCC construction (Performance Core Carbon), which features a rigid carbon base and an internal carbon frame that produces a dynamic flex pattern through the top of the fin.