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Courtney Conlogue wins 2015 Margaret River Pro


Courtney Conlogue thrives in big, bombing surf.
The Santa Ana surfer got to showcase her solid surf skills in 10-foot waves Tuesday with powerful turns, winning the Margaret River Pro in Australia and taking down No. 1-ranked surfer Carissa Moore during the final.
“It’s just phenomenal,” Conlogue said in an interview with the World Surf League. “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.”
It’s a comeback story for Conlogue, who spends her time at home training at the Huntington Beach Pier and Lower Trestles. Last year, she suffered an ankle injury that put a roadblock in her hopes for a world championship, forcing her to miss three key events and drop in rankings.
But this year, she’s off to a strong start. The World Championship Tour win, the third of her career, launches her to second in rankings, behind two-time world champion Moore.
“I’m feeling really good, and the hard work is starting to pay off,” said Conlogue.
In the final, Conlogue unleashed with big turns and hacks to set a high score of 8.43. In the final minutes she scored an 8.50 to solidify her win.
“I’m so stoked with this result,” said Moore. “The waves were really good today, and Courtney did an amazing job. She’s such a hard worker, and I couldn’t be happier for her. It’s been an amazing Australian leg for me, but I’m very excited to get back home.”
Next on the women’s World Tour is the Rio Women’s Pro from May 11 to 22.
COURTESY: WORLD SURF LEAGUE

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