The two main lessons surfing has taught elite athlete Sally Fitzgibbons

For the professional surfer, it’s more than just living in the moment that keeps her going.

The salty ocean surf with the sun beaming down has been Sally Fitzgibbons’ playground since she was 14.

The professional Australian surfer grew up on the south coast of NSW and tours the world for eight months of the year competing.

During a well-deserved break from the World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour over the festive period, Sally, 27, chatted to The House of Wellness about what her career has taught her.

The two main lessons surfing have served up are to be authentic and be on time.

“Do it your way,” Sally explains.

“It’s hard not see past world champions and replicate the same stuff. It’s about finding your own true vision on the way and how you want to surf.”

As for being on time, it’s not so much about being punctual but savouring the moment.

“Be more present wherever you are and pull yourself back in to the moment.”

So just how does she intend to see those life lessons hand her the ultimate world title goal this year?

“At this stage of my career, I’d just have to say you have to back your instinct and intuition,” she says.

As well as competing once again on the world circuit this year, Sally also has a new book Summer Fit All Year Round, her fitness app, All Australian Beach Body, and an ambassadorship for Burt’s Bees keeping her busy.

Get summer fit Sally’s way

Sally travels for about eight months of the year, so has become used to eating well and training on the road. She’s shared her insight into achievable workouts and the recipes she cooks in her latest book.

“It’s a melting pot of my ideas and the philosophies on the way I live my life,” Sally says.

Recipes include plenty of nutritious salads and breakfast inspiration.

“I love seeing rainbows in the surf and I love seeing rainbows on my plate.”

Summer Fit All Year Round by Sally Fitzgibbon

Summer Fit All Year Round, published by Pan Macmillan, RRP $34.99.

For more on what Sally is doing to encourage Aussie kids to get active, pick up the latest edition of The House of Wellness liftout out now.

Written by Erin Miller

Image: Jeremy Simons