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World Surf League : Courtney Conlogue claims victory at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

mercredi 22 avril 2015Information World Surf League

With Main Break continuing to offer up excellent conditions the world’s best female surfers fought through an exciting Finals day at the third stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. An epic showdown saw Courtney Conlogue (USA) claim her third CT victory and end the amazing run of form from two-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW).

“It’s just phenomenal,” said Conlogue. “Carissa’s been on such a stellar run and I was thinking, maybe I can end it. I had a bit of a tricky start to this event and was feeling out of rhythm. On the off days I just went surfing a lot and have a bunch of fun and I think that it got me all psyched and happy for the end of the event.”

The win today sees Conlogue steadily improve on her performance this year, having previously claimed fifth place on the Gold Coast and a third at Bells Beach. The result moves her to second place on the WSL rankings going into the fourth event of the year, the Oi Rio Pro.

Conlogue previously defeated Sage Erickson (USA) and Malia Manuel (HAW) to win back-to-back Qualifying Series events in Margaret River in 2011 and 2012 and today she dispatched Manuel and Tyler Wright (AUS) en route to the Final.

“I’m feeling really good and like the hard work is starting to pay off,” continued Conlogue. “I’ve put so many hours into trying to get into the top seeds and I want to try and crack open the top three. They are such amazing talents and you really have to be on point when you’re competing against them and leave no question marks. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to surf here with them in these kinds of conditions. I’m so thankful and appreciative for all the support I have.”

Conlogue drew first blood in the Final for a modest score, a 5.33, and an early lead. An uncharacteristic priority mistake from Moore with twenty minutes remaining left Conlogue with her pick of the waves but Moore came back to take an inside wave, unload two big turns and earn an excellent 8.50. The Californian answered back with a big layback hack to reclaim the lead and then took a set wave for an excellent 8.43. The Hawaiian was left without priority needing a 6.60 and found only a 4.63 at the six-minute mark. Conlogue had four minutes remaining to control the lineup and hold off the two-time World Champion and found a big righthander, delivering three solid terms to improve her scoreline with an 8.50, and take the win.

“I’ve spent a lot of time out here and I have great support,” said Conlogue. “This is our last stop on the Australian leg of the Tour and it’s been really amazing. Carissa is such an amazing talent and to be able to compete against her and all the other amazing talent is just wonderful and really pushes me to get better. The world title is everyone’s dream and I’m just going to try my best and keep surfing as well as I possibly can.”



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