Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons tackles 3.5m waves in Arabian desert # SurfReport – Wave pool air reverse…

Shona Cox
From: News Limited Network
December 06, 2012

VIDEO: Aussie surf heroine gets hotter

Surfer from Nowra in NSW takes on new challenge
Wadi Adventure wave pool in UAE’s Al Ain desert
Fitzgibbon finished second in this year’s world tour

THE sand is hot, the air stifling. Winds far from the ocean have carved faces into cliffs.

It would be a spookily silent desert speckled with camel bones if not for the hum of machines churning masses of water though brightly shining pipes.

Surf pin-up girl Sally Fitzgibbons rages against 11 foot barrels and a wave machine in Dubai. Picture: Supplied
… Pipes are buzzing, channeling a surging tide into a pool of unexpected blue. A crashing wave is heard, crazily out of place in a frenzy of sand, wind and frothing foam.

Surf pin-up girl Sally Fitzgibbons rages against 11 foot barrels and a wave machine in Dubai. Picture: Supplied

The desert is a beach. The beach is a machine. The machine is a toy, a hyperactive fun-factory hurling waves twice the size of the lean bronzed-girl about to skim her board through the guts of it all.

urf pin-up girl Sally Fitzgibbons rages against 11 foot barrels and a wave machine in Dubai. Picture: Supplied
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Sally Fitzgibbons, Aussie surf legend and pro tour surfer dives into Dubai’s desert pool to tackle waves unlike any other on the planet. She carves her place in the astonishing barrels of the Al Ain desert.

Red Bull have once again proved their passion for art and action with Oasis, this slow-motion film of Sally’s cuts, thrusts and 360’s. The film captures a landscape without walls and an endless set of near perfect air-rides.

Fitzgibbons and her board seem inseparable. She rips a half-pipe with the ease of a seasoned surfer, the grin behind her salty (perhaps chlorinated) strands of hair a testament to the thrill of the ride.

These waves in the middle of an arid, empty, cavernous land look to be worth traipsing the fiery desert sands for.

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