21 year old Courtney Conlogue has won the 6 Star Swatch Girls Pro at Seignosse Le Penon, France.
Courtney Conlogue came back to the competition this year as the defending champion.
Over her years of competing, the young Californian from Orange County has been successful with developing her skills as a powerful contender and athlete.
Being in prime form for the competition, Conlogue produced consistent scores throughout the event.
Conlogue scored a near-perfect two wave score of 19.05 out of a possible 20 in heat four, during the round of 48 against Nage Melamed, Ellie-Jean Coffey and Ainara Aymat.
She progressed confidently into the round of 24, winning heat two with a mid range combined score of 14.65.
Hawaiian Malia Manuel proved to be a tough competitor in the round of 12, as she took out first position with a total of 17.25 against Conlogue and Justine Dupont.
“I saw Malia (Manuel) catch the best waves in the heat and figured she got good scores, so I needed to really step it up,” Conlogue said after her round of 12 heat.
Conlogue continued her success in the quarter finals, winning her heat two match up against Bianca Buitendag with a final two wave score of 13.75.
Competition between Conlogue and Manuel remained fierce, as they went head to head in a semi final clash.
Scores were tight throughout the duration of the heat, as Manuel started off with a 6.17 point ride.
Conlogue took her chance to fight back, locking in a 7.00 point ride, with a 6.57 as her second top score.
Despite Manuel scoring another 7.67 and taking the lead briefly, Conlogue secured an 8.33 point ride to win the semi final with a combined total of 15.33.
Johanne Defay began the final with a strong score of 7.17, while Conlogue finished the opening exchange with a 6.27.
Conlogue gradually built her scores higher, securing a critical score of 9.60, which she followed with an equally vital 8.87 point ride.
Defay was placed into a combination situation, needing serious scores to be able to gain back the lead.
Despite the challenging 4-6ft (1-2 metres) conditions, Conlogue successfully took out the victory with a final combined score of 18.47 out of a possible 20.
“I’m so thrilled to win this event again, it feels amazing,” Conlogue said.
Conlogue is now placed in first position on the ASP Women’s World Ranking for Star events, which will contribute to her qualification for the World Championship Tour in 2014.
The next major Pro event for both men and women is the Hurley Pro at Trestles, California, USA from September 15 to 21.
1. Courtney Conlogue 18.47 (USA) 2. Johanne Defay 14.00 (FRA)
Written by Madison Heinze