Courtney Conlogue Wins 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
22nd April 2015
In what was one of the greatest predicted forecasts in memory for the Women’s World Championship Tour, Margaret River in South Western Australia didn’t disappoint with it’s remarkable Indian Ocean bringing in and holding some phenomenal banks for the girls to surf.
Round 1 was an amazing test for a lot of the top 17 with the 10-15 foot waves not taking any prisoners at the Main Break which is fast and suckie before leaving you pretty much on a dry rocky reef. This first round really showed up the real all-rounders on tour. Tyler Wright dominated her first round making the giant waves look like easy work, whist the other girls were quite shaky and lost.
Rounds 2, 3, 4 and the quarter finals the swell eased back and the girls were surfing in some pretty nice looking 6-8 footers.
Stephanie Gilmore exited the event after getting a fracture in her fibular in her leg, free surfing the day prior to the quarter finals. Steph’s exit meant a walk through for Courtney Conlogue! Was it fate?
With Steph out, Carissa was on track to take her 3rd event for the year and 4th tour event since her Maui win in December. In the semis she eliminated Sally Fitzgibbons who has stepped up a spot to 5th place. Courtney met an inform and big wave surfer Malia Manuel in the semis and with a close score it was Courtney who walked into the final to battle Carissa for the win.
The final was lead by Courtney with a couple of answers by Carissa but she just couldn’t find the rhythm to pull back the lead and her undefeated start to 2015. For Courtney it was a well deserved win and a great new push in for the 2015 World Title Race.
2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Final Results:
1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.93
2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.13
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.73 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.27
SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.53 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.87
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.84 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 8.73
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.37 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 9.07
QF 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.40 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.80
QF 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.70 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.96