Courtney Conlogue Wins Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic 2012
In clean, but challenging two-to-three foot waves, the world's best female surfers battled head-to-head at the 2012 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic for the biggest prize purse on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
Stop No. 4 of 7 on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, run by seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley, has caused some interesting twists and turns in the race for the coveted ASP Women's World Title.
Yesterday saw the early exit of reigning ASP Women's World Champion Carissa Moore. Then today, the current ASP Women's World No. 1 and 2 - Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons both bowed out in the Quarterfinals.
Courtney Conlogue, who has won multiple ASP 6-Star events, claimed her maiden win on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, a feat that sees her jump to 4th on the ratings. Conlogue and Manuel battled through the stacked field of competitors to reach the Final.
The dying swell made conditions difficult, but Conlogue found the best waves that allowed her to execute multiple powerful turns.
"I'm speechless right now!" Conlogue said. "It's been two years on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour where I kept losing in the Quarterfinals. Then today after winning my Quarterfinal I just tried to go and win the thing. Malia (Manuel) was surfing great in the Final, even though the waves were tricky. I'm really stoked to have won this event! I love Steph (Gilmore) and Sally (Fitzgibbons) and to have them chair me up the beach was absolutely amazing!"
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Conditions are still windy and the swell has dropped a little bit at the 2012 Protest Vendee Pro. Surfers are making their way back to the backup location, Les Dunes, as waves in the 3-4ft range are on offer this morning.
Day 2 of the 2012 ASP Protest Vendee Pro was full of fiery performances from the competitors. A champion might be crowned as early as tomorrow if event officials decide that conditions will not be favorable on Sunday.