You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who trains as hard (and actually enjoys it) as Sally Fitzgibbons. The 26-year-old pro surfer graces the cover of our February issue and is the definition of #everythinggoals. Here, we sit down with her (on fit balls, of course) at her home gym in Gerroa and chat sibling rivalry, her gnarly injuries and her fitness program app, All Australian Beach Body.

What’s your fave piece in your exercise kit?
“I always have my fit ball – even if it’s just one night at a place. I wake up and stretch the whole body. I crave it.”

You started out as a runner, right?
“Yeah I was always a runner. With my three older brothers, I had to race for everything. I’d never win. I could never beat them at anything and it drove me crazy. It kept me really honest, I thought if I just kept training. I’d train every day and be like yep I’m ready for a cross-country race or jump on the track. I was driven to find the way to be my best. That was how my love of sport grew. It wasn’t from someone telling me you have to go for a run or get active, it was the environment that I was in, it was conducive to it.”

Tell us about your new All Australian Beach Body app…
“It’s how I train. In essence it’s got all entry levels. All aspects of fitness. You’ve got from right where you’re starting through to the elites, that progression. It gives me the opportunity to insert the variety I have in my training. It’s not just your pure-based gym sessions but ones you can do anywhere. Think about when we travel, you have to land and look around and sometimes you don’t have a gym, you don’t have equipment, you don’t have anything. I just look at the surroundings and think what could I do here – parks, beaches, all the places I’ve been. It’s all in the app. I’m hoping that it’s relatable and people can have a lot of fun with it.”

Is it nice to have an outlet from surfing?
“When you have extra elements in your life you hop back on that board with such a different zest. You look at someone like Kelly Slater and Layne Beachley – they’re in their 40s. I credit for them for finding new things to inspire them to go back and put the jersey on. I think that’s what we all thrive on, seeing a vision and wanting to create it.”

Do you still enjoy a surf in your hometown, Gerroa?
“This is definitely my bubble. I love Sydney being my home city. I’ve got the office at Manly there. But then to be able to come home and surf my home waves where I first got up on my surfboard. It’s wild. I come home and think it’s new and fresh and you see the dolphins go past.”

You’ve had some gnarly injuries in your time on the board…
“Over the years you get your scars. I perforated an ear drum in Fiji, I’ve broken a wrist, broken my nose. I’ve got four broken knuckles at the moment. It’s all from a mixture of things. We do a lot of elements in the gym whether it’s the bosu or the fit balls, catching balls, trying to explode and use our power while on a bit of an unstable surface. Everyone has the vision of the idyllic palm trees and beaches and we love people having that vision of our sport but it’s the same as all your other elite sports.”

How does your family fit into your tours?
“My dad comes around to all the major events. We’ve nicknamed him ‘Bagdad’ because he helps out with all the bags. I try to be kind to him and not stress him out but that’s the nature of sport. He’s just a really calming force. I think it’s important to have that around you.
When Mum and Dad come to events with me I love showing them different places around the world. You can come back and tell a story but when you actually see it first hand that solidifies how far we’ve come from Gerroa and how fortunate we are. We’ve had some classic stories. We’ve either found ourselves lost on the road or following the sun trying to find a beach; we’ve lost boards. The logistics of what we do behind the scenes is really fast-paced.

What do you love other than surfing?
“I have a passion for sports journalism. Every time I pop into a studio, that buzz of being on set. There are just so many areas in our job where I get that. When I look around and I’m able to connect with other athletes and jump into their training sessions, go to games, I find that really inspiring. I’m a bit of a sports nut.”

Read more about Sally in our Feb issue, on sale now.

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