Billabong Team Rider Courtney Conlogue wins US Open at her local break
Huntington Beach, CA. Billabong team rider Courtney Conlogue, won the ASP World Qualifying Series 6 Star Hurley US Open today taking down defending event champion Malia Manuel 15, in a high-scoring final in 6-8 foot pounding surf today on the South side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Conlogue got two incredibly high scoring waves (a 9.00 and an 8.17), placing the defending champion in a combination situation. Each of the impressive scores earned by the Huntington Beach local were awarded with one single maneuver, allowing her to taker out her first major ASP WWS victory.
‚ÄúI have surfed this spot plenty of times and I know the break,‚Äù says Conlogue. ‚ÄúAll the girls from Steph (Gilmore) to Malia (Manuel) were ripping. I knew I needed to do as well or better than them to make it to the final.‚Äù
The Santa Ana native, who travels every morning to surf Huntington or Trestles was in her element, winning the hard fought final against the defending champ with huge backside blasts on double overhead left-hand faces.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs cool having everyone who doesn‚Äôt live here who thinks its always small and mushy see that HB can get big.‚Äù
The young 16-year-old‚Äôs victory today solidifies her as a threat to the rest of the world‚Äôs finest competitive surfing talent and continues to establish the explosive regular-footer as a front runner in the women‚Äôs progressive surfing movement. After completing her educational goals, Conlogue expects to set her sights on the Women‚Äôs ASP World Tour.
‚ÄúIt is definitely substantial step towards the ASP in my surfing career, said Courtney. Having won it in my backyard, this year being HB‚Äôs Centennial and the 50th year for the US Open really means a lot to me. Now off the Worlds in Costa Rica to clinch the gold for the US Surf Team.
Well done Courtney, from everyone at Billabong Aus!