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Haakenson: Conlogue among elite on ASP World Tour

Joe Surf

May 16, 2012|By Joe Haakenson

Courtney Conlogue continues to make things interesting in the race for the title of world's best women's surfer.

Conlogue, 19, a Santa Ana native who went to Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, is in fourth place in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour standings through five events, with two to go.

She trails Australian powerhouses Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons, as well as last year's World Tour champion, Hawaiian Carissa Moore. But Conlogue jumped into the fray when she won the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Australia last month, and more recently placed fifth in the Billabong Rio Pro last week in Brazil.

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And though there are just two events left, Conlogue will have home surf advantage in the final event of the season during the first week in August at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington, a contest she won three years ago as a 16-year-old.

Conlogue, though, isn't sneaking up on anybody. Right now she's doing the best among the California girls on the tour, ranked ahead of Santa Barbara's Lakey Peterson and Ventura's Sage Erickson. And she was featured recently in Surfing Magazine in which she shared some out-of-the-water details about her life.

One of the topics involved her computer habits:

"Would Instagram count? When I'm home, that is by far the most entertaining. Checking out everyone's little artistic eye and having a bit of fun on my own to entertain myself. YouTube is so much fun, as well. Watching funny videos and catching up on the latest America's Got Talent if I missed out on it the week before. The funny thing about the Internet is you are only meaning to check your email or Surfline to see what the waves are doing, but the next thing you know you are on Facebook, YouTube or watching the heats on demand from the previous World Tour event and two hours have slipped by."

Welcome to the club, Courtney.

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Some of the world's best surfers will be in town in a few months for the U.S. Open of Surfing, but we don't have to wait that long to check out some of surfing's future stars.

The National Scholastic Surfing Assn. West Coast Regional Championships will be held on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier, starting Thursday and running through Sunday. There will be plenty of the area's best young surfers there, and if they are anything like those who have come before them, big things lie ahead.

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