TARANAKI, New Plymouth/NZL (Saturday, April 6, 2013) –Courtney Conlogue (USA), 21, has claimed the 2013 TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro today over Coco Ho (HAW), 21, in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Taranki’s Fitzroy Beach.
Event No. 4 of 7 on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT), the TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival delivered clean and rippable waves for the world’s best female surfers to perform on and culminated in dramatic fashion this morning between two of surfing’s rising stars
And it was another day of upsets for the top surfers Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) and Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) knocked out of the semi-finals putting Coco Ho (Haw) and Courtenay Conlogue into the final of the Dow AgroSciences Pro today.
In a dropping swell of one to 1.5 metre surf and offshore winds at Fitzroy Beach, Conlogue (US) secured her win the closing minutes against Ho (HAW) of their 35 minute final with a high scoring 8.3 wave. This score gave her a best wave score of 14 out of a possible 20 to Ho’s 9.27.
With a month’s rest before the next event in Rio Janeiro, Conlogue say it’s great to be going home with a win.
“I feel really good, it’s been a long tour down here to Australia and it’s nice to be winding down here in Taranaki,” says Conlogue.
“The final was definitely very tricky conditions with the tide dropping – it became really inconsistent and the swell was dropping too. We kept waiting for sets to come through but I just figured I had to make the best of the waves we had and it ended up working out for me.”
Conlogue’s win today bumps the young Californian from 5th to 3rd on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT rankings, within striking distance of the world surfing crown throughout the back half of the season.
For Coco Ho, today’s runner-up result in the Dow AgroSciences Pro has been her best place this year vaulting the young Hawaiian from 9th to 7th on the ASP Women’s WCT rankings
“So far this year it’s been my best result so far and I’m really stoked that it’s been here in New Zealand on the last leg of this part of the tour,” says Ho.
“I’m excited to be able to go home with this result in the beautiful Taranaki. I wish I could’ve got the win but that’s the way it goes and I’m just stoked to have found my feet. It has been a funny year. I feel I’m surfing my best but I just been really unlucky so it’s great I could come here and put some heats together and to start winning felt really good. I feel like it’s where I should be more often.”
Meanwhile the semi-finals provided its share of upsets and closely contested heats that have been the hallmark of the Dow AgroSciences Pro.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 25, reigning five-time ASP World Champion, was another favorite who looked strong this morning, posting a strong 13.97 out of a possible 20 for a bevy for forehand and backhand maneuvers. The Australian’s performance was no match, however, for an in-form Conlogue who halted the champ’s run in the Semifinals with her 14.47 score.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 22, continued her impressive 2013 run in Taranaki, posting big wins before going down to Ho in this morning’s Semifinals. The young Australian’s Equal 3rd today, however, was not enough to stave off a rankings charge from Conlogue and Fitzgibbons was bumped down to 4th on the ASP Women’s WCT Rankings.
The incredibly close battle with just .09 of a point separating their scores as Fitzgibbons scored a 15.24 out of a possible 20 to Ho’s 15.33. Ho took the semi on her last wave scoring the best wave of the 30 minute heat with a 8.83 out of a possible 10.
With consistent one to 1.5 metre waves and offshore winds for the five-day Dow AgroSciences Pro, event organiser, Craig Williamson says the event has seen inspirational, progressive surfing.
“The girls are a real inspiration for Kiwi women surfers to push the boundaries of their surfing,” says Williams of Surfing Taranaki, the host for the event.
“We couldn’t bring the WCT event to Taranaki without the incredible support from the local community as sponsors to fund the event, as well as support with hundreds of locals coming down to the beach to watch the action.”
Williams says that with the support of the Taranaki community, the event will be back again in 2014 as part of the TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival.
The next stop on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Billabong Rio Pro from May 8 – 14, 2013.
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TSB BANK NZ SURF FESTIVAL FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.00 2 – Coco Ho (HAW) 9.27
TSB BANK NZ SURF FESTIVAL SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.47 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.97
SF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.33 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.24
CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKINGS (Following Completion of TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival):
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 31,700 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 30,000 pts
3. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 26,900 pts
4. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 26,200 pts
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 24,700 pts
7. Coco Ho (HAW) 18,950 pts
8. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 16,150 pts
12. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12,700 pts
Courtesy: Mandy McKinnon