- World Surf League: Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach, Courtney Conlogue Takes Victory
- Stop No.3 of WSL Women's Championship, Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach ran the Quarterfinals, the Semifinals and the Final at Bells Beach in four-to-six foot waves conditions on April 17.
Defending event winner Courtney Conlogue (USA) claimed her first victory in the this season and took consecutive wins at Bells Beach.
In the Final, Courtney Conlogue competed against 6-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), who eliminated Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Quarterfinals and Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Semifinals. At beginning of the Heat, Stephanie Gilmore earned 8.33 and 8.00, leading the heat. While, Courtney Conlogue drew excellent surfing with 9.00 points on halfway of the heat and received a total of 17.00. Finally, Stephanie Gilmore could not get more score enough to win.
Reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (ASU) crashed her surfboard in 2 minutes remaining in the Semifinals and could not surf again. She finished with the third place.
Lakey Peterson (USA) took down current leader of CT Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. But she was defeated by Stephanie Gilmore in the Semifinals. She was 3rd place.
After the Final, Courtney Conlogue said;
“Winning it last year felt so good, but to back it up is amazing. I’m so speechless. The first two events of the Australian leg did not go that well for me, so I’m stoked to finish it off with a win. I have always loved coming to Bells. It’s an amazing arena with all of the fans down here. It’s a really tricky wave to master, so to have two wins here is really special. Coming up against Stephanie [Gilmore] in the Final was incredible. She is such an amazing surfer and tough competitor. Maintaining composure at the end was key. I had a lot of last-minute wins this contest and that’s why it’s true that you should never give up because it’s not over until it is over.”
Runner-up Stephanie Gilmore said;
“This was an incredible event. We’ve had some awesome waves over these past few days and it was a special Easter weekend to have everyone down here. To surf in front of this crowd is a really special experience. I always try my best, but it is a tough field to beat so I am happy to come away with a second and still hold onto that lead. I will hopefully hold onto it for as long as I can.”
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
F 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.00 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18.33 def. Tyler Wright (ASU) 15.00
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.66 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.73
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.56 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.33
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (ASU) 15.26 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.60
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.86 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.60
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.60 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.80
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- source : World Surf League