GERROA'S Sally Fitzgibbons has finished in equal-fifth at the World Surf League's Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic, after being knocked out in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
After powering into the final eight of stop three of the WSL Championship Tour, the Kiama High School alumna struggled to find high-scoring waves against her Brazilian rival Tatiana Weston-Webb.
Despite recording seven scoring waves, including a 6.40 and 4.00 (for a combined two-wave score of 10.40), it wasn't enough to overcome Weston-Webb's 11.90.
The result sees Fitzgibbons slide back into sixth in the world rankings, on 13,440 points - with Culburra Beach's Tyler Wright in fourth on 15,220.
Hawaii's Carissa Moore leads after three rounds, sitting on 23,885 points.
While second-placed Caroline Marks, who defeated Weston-Webb in the Narrabeen Classic decider 12.57 to 11.34, is on 18,695 - just in front of her Brazilian grand final opponent, who's on 16,495.
Rounding out the top five is Snapper Rocks' Stephanie Gilmore on 14,235 points.
The tour, which saw Brazil's two-time world champion Gabriel Medina defeat United States' Conner Coffin in Tuesday's Narrabeen final, will now head to Western Australia for the Margaret River Pro, which will be run from May 2-12.
Heading into the fourth stop on the Championship Tour, Culburra Beach's Owen and Mikey Wright sit in 27th and 32nd positions respectively.
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