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Positions set for second half of Open

July 23, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Courtney Conlogue rips a backhand snap as she surfs in Round 1 of the women's division of the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier on Tuesday.
Courtney Conlogue rips a backhand snap as she surfs in… (Don Leach / HB Independent )

About halfway through the second heat of the Women's competition at the Vans US Open of Surfing on Tuesday, Courtney Conlogue said a thought crossed her mind as she waited out the surf at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

"I had caught a lot of waves up to that point and as I sat there, waiting for the next set, I thought that I should probably pace myself," said the 20-year-old, a 2010 graduate of Sage Hill School, a private high school in Newport Beach.

"You definitely want to stay busy out there and give yourself as many chances as you can, and that's what I was doing. I just hoped that I wasn't overdoing it. I was going at a pretty high frequency."

Conlogue, of Santa Ana, had no need to worry about her plan of attack. What she did, from the get-go, was set the pace in her three-person heat, which included a pair of talented Australian athletes, Rebecca Woods and Laura Enever. Conlogue's first-wave score of 5.83 in the early stages of the 30-minute heat established the tone and catapulted her the remainder of the way.

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Around the 17-minute mark, she scored a 7.43. For good measure, she posted a 7.03 with under five minutes to surf. When the 30 minutes were up, Conlogue won the heat with a final, two-wave score of 14.46. Woods (10.44) was second and Enever third (9.36).

The win gave Conlogue a coveted spot in Thursday's Women's Round 3 as the Vans US Open of Surfing heads into its final four days of nine days of surf, skate and BMX competitions, art and music at the pier.

Also securing spots into the Women's Round 3 were Silvana Lima (Brazil), Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), Carissa Moore (Hawaii), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) and Pauline Ado (France), each of whom won their first heats Tuesday.

Fitzgibbons, who surfed the fifth of the six Women's heats, posted the top two-wave score of 16.70 on Tuesday.

Conlogue, No. 4 in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Women’s Title rankings, is seeking her second Open Women’s crown. She won the title in 2009.

"I'm really excited and it's really important to win that first heat and get an automatic spot in that third round," Conlogue said. "I felt good out there and I felt like I was in sync with the sets. The surf wasn't bad."

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