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Monday, June 4, 2012
Courtney makes it count

By Jake Howard

Courtney Conlogue
Courtney Conlogue on her way to a first place finish at the Swatch Girls Pro in France.

Held in tricky three-foot surf at Les Bourdaines, Seignosse, France, Courtney Conlogue won the ASP six-star Swatch Girls Pro on June 2.

Finishing third in the event last year, recently Conlogue's been on a roll, winning the Commonwealth Beachley Classic in April and the Drug Aware Pro in March.

"I'm kind of simplifying things this year," said Conlogue after her win on Saturday. "I'm not trying to make it so complicated. I'm riding Tim Stamps surfboards, which have been working really well in the beachbreaks. I've been working with him, figuring things out and what works best in those conditions. I want to be in the Top 3 on the World Tour, that's my goal for this year."

With two events left on the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour schedule, Conlogue is knocking on the door, sitting in forth behind the 2011 world champion Carissa Moore. Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons sit first and second, respectively.

And while the Swatch Girls Pro carries just a six-star rating and will not count in her world tour standings, it does give her plenty of momentum going into the tour's Roxy Pro in Biarritz, France, this July. The final event of the women's season is the U.S. Open in Huntington Beach, Calif., where Conlogue grew up surfing and placed fifth last year.

"The final went really well and conditions definitely got super tricky towards the end there," said Conlogue of the final in Seignosse. "I just tried to go on a few waves and stick to the wall it was a lot of trouble out there but I'm super stoked to have won. I was just really trying hard to do well in this event having done it for the last three years. I really wanted it and hopefully it'll be a good boost for Biarritz."

On her road to victory Conolgue had to get passed Hawaii's Alessa Quizon in the quarterfinals, California's Sage Erickson in the semis, and New Zealand's Paige Hareb.

"I would have liked to have won off course but this has been my best result on the Star tour since pretty much five years ago when I first started so I'm pretty happy," said Hareb. "I'm still pretty up-and-down, I'm still trying to be more consistent with the results but yeah I was happy with that result in my hometown and this one now so hopefully I can just try to keep the ball rolling."

1. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.83 2. Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.33

Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.50 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 13.40
Heat 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.33 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.06

Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18.75 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.50
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 15.75 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.25
Heat 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.60 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 7.60
Heat 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 13.50 def. Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 8.75