Courtney Conlogue Wins the 2011 SriLankan Airlines Pro
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California / USA (Monday, September 5, 2011) - American ASP Women's World Tour surfer Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 19, has won her third major ASP 6-Star event of the 2011 season by clinching the SriLankan Airlines Pro over fellow Californian Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), 16, while American Longboarder Taylor Jensen (Carlsbad, CA), 27, is now in the running for his first ASP WLT crown with a 2nd place finish at the contest.
Conlogue, who finished 7th on the ASP Women's World Title Series this year, furthered her lead over the field on the ASP Women's World Ranking when she topped Peterson with a final exchange to secure yet another major victory this season.
"Lakey (Peterson) and I are great friends and have been surfing against each other for a long time," Conlogue said. "I was nervous on that last wave, I knew it was a good one and that I'd have to push it to get a good score. Luckily I did some nice turns and won the Final. I love this place, the waves are great and I'm already looking forward to coming back next year."
Peterson, reigning two-time Women's ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion, battled hard for her first major ASP victory, but fell just short on time and stomped an impressive air-reverse just following the final horn, finishing runner-up overall. The Santa Barbara talent has emerged as a standout on the ASP Women's World Ranking this year, and is now in excellent position to qualify for the ASP Women's World Tour.
"I was so bummed that I landed that air after the heat," Peterson said. "But I'm happy with the event, I would have loved to have won, but Courtney surfed great and second is a good result for me."
Running in conjunction with the Women's ASP 6-Star event was the first stop on the 2011 ASP World Longboard Tour, which saw three-time ASP North America Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen march to a solid result as well at Arugam bay when he finished runner-up to Duane De Soto.
Jensen, who opened his campaign with a 9.20 in the Final against De Soto, was unable to find a back-up score to overtake the defending ASP World Longboard Champion, but his 2nd place finish at the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro keeps his ASP World Longboard Title hopes alive entering the final contest of the season in Italy.
"My legrope came off and I had to swim in and get my board," Jensen said. "It took a long time to get back out, I was tired, and I only needed a 7.50 and I couldn't get it. I'm pretty happy though, second isn't bad."
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