Courtney Conlogue (USA), 17, moved to No. 5 on the ASP Women’s World Ranking with a runner-up finish at the ASP 6-Star Billabong Women’s Azores Islands Pro.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Monday, August 16, 2010) – Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 17, donated an impressive performance at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Billabong Women’s Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan to finish second behind reigning ASP Women’s World Junior Champion Laura Enever (AUS), 19, moving the Orange county standout to No. 5 on the ASP Women’s World Ranking.
Women competing on the ASP Star series are out to finish atop the international ratings in hopes to qualify for the prestigious ASP Women’s Dream Tour. Once qualified, they earn the right to battle for the title of ASP Women’s World Champion.
Conlogue launched out to an early lead in the tough Final against Enever, putting the young Australian in need of a combination of two scores in the beginning of their matchup. Unfortunately for the young Californian, Enever capitalized on two clutch waves in the back half of the heat to usurp Conlogue for the win.
“I never felt I had the win in my hands especially in a 35-minute final,” Conlogue said. “I have seen it happen in so many finals and I knew in these kinds of waves you never know what is going to come in and when to have priority and how to hold it because it is a gamble out there. I tried to perform my best in the waves we had and tried to make something out of nothing.”
Conlogue’s charge to the Final was no easy task however, as the hungry up-and-comer topped ASP Women’s World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, in the Quarterfinals and current ASP Women’s Dream Tour campaigner Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), 27, in the Semifinals to earn her Final appearance.
“Definitely none of these heats are easy,” Conlogue said. “With these waves you really have to work twice as hard because you have the competitors who want to get through and then you have the waves as a factor as well so you just have to be where you need to be in each heat and hopefully you can get through.”
Conlogue, who suffered an early loss at her home event of the US Open of Surfing the week prior to the Billabong Women’s Azores Islands Pro, charged back to form with vengeance to take the impressive runner up finish and critical ratings points on offer towards qualification for the ASP Women’s World Title series.
“Coming into this event I really needed these points,” Conlogue said. “To get to the Final is what I wanted to achieve and to win it would have been a bonus for me. I tried my best to impress the judges even though it was really tough to make it look fun.”
Conlogue will continue her quest for a spot amongst the Top 17 at the next Women’s ASP Star event, the ASP 6-Star Cabreiroa Surfing Girls in Pantin, Spain, which runs from August 27 through 29, 2010.