18-year-old California Phenom Courtney Conlogue's Fierce, Focused Competitive Spirit Has Earned Her a Bagful of Titles on the Way To Qualifying for the Women's World Tour in Her Rookie Year
It's official: Billabong team rider Courtney Conlogue has qualified for the World Tour. Rated #3 on the ASP Women's World Ranking (which does not include the ASP World Title rankings) Courtney competed in every one of the WQS Six-star events. She entered the global competition circuit that included contests in France, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Hawaii, California and the Cabreiroa Surfing Girls contest in Pantin, Spain which she won.
Although technically she had enough ranking points to qualify earlier, the Haleiwa event finished Wednesday for the Women's Division, so Courtney has now officially qualified for the 2011 WCT in her first year of competing full time on the WQS.
“Qualifying for the WCT has been a goal of mine since I started surfing. I don’t think the reality of qualifying has hit me yet. I’ve been training a lot and I’ve had great support from my family, friends, and all of my sponsors. I’m really looking forward to surfing and seeing the world on tour and I know it’s going to take a lot of work to achieve my next goal.”
The 18-yr-old streaked blonde wonder-kid holds the 2009 US OPEN Women’s Title, garnered the 2009 Gold medal at ISA World Championships in Costa Rica, and was voted the Orange County Surfer of the year in 2009 and 2010, before embarking on a year-long professional competition circuit in 2010.
She also managed to get selected as one of 5 top women athletes for Outside Magazine's cover story "The New Goddesses of Adventure." It was a grueling schedule for a young lady who was finishing High School with honors, but she managed to do very well against the top professionals.
“Courtney has worked really hard to get to this point, and to see that she has qualified for the WCT in her first year trying is a testament to that. We are all very proud of her accomplishments throughout her career and we wish her the best of luck on tour next year” says Billabong Women's team manager, Megan Villa.
With a strong support from her sponsors including Billabong, and her family, this former Summer X Games Gold Medalist and NSSA National's Open Women's Champion has a very bright future in the ranks of professional surf competition.