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Fitzgibbons stars in her surfing event

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016 Adrian Warren

Event host and surfing world tour stalwart Sally Fitzgibbons has cruised through two rounds in contrasting conditions at her Sydney International Women's Pro event at Cronulla Beach.

Fitzgibbons, who at eighth is the highest-ranked World Surf League competitor in the qualifying series season-ending event, shone at both ends of a very long Saturday, which ended just before 7.30pm (AEDT).

She posted a score of 14.84 during her third-round heat in the morning's small surf, and 15.50 - the second highest of the day - in bigger conditions before sunset.

The contest, which Fitzgibbons is hosting, was put on hold for almost three hours in the middle of the day as organisers waited for a bigger swell.

"We knew the swell was coming up the coast. I got the calls from home (Gerroa on the NSW south coast) and they were like, 'Just wait a minute. It's coming, it's coming'," Fitzgibbons said.

Hawaii's Coco Ho registered the best heat score of 15.60 in the last one of the third round, posting 8.17 and 7.43 with her only two waves.

The event wildcard, 11-year-old Sabre Norris of Newcastle, who's the youngest-ever surfer in a Australian world-level event, performed creditably but ducked out in the third round.

Norris scored 3.50 and 4.33 with her first two waves to be among the early pacesetters but couldn't improve on those figures in the final minutes of the heat.

Later scores of 1.97 and 2.63 weren't enough for her to advance and she finished third in the four-woman contest.

QS series leader Nikki van Dijk was eliminated in the fourth round, and a couple of other world top 20 competitors, Pauline Ado of France and Meah Collins of the US, fell in the third round.

The last four fourth-round heats and the rest of the event will be completed on Sunday.

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