World Surf League: 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing, Courtney Conlogue Wins at Huntington Beach
- The 7th stop on WSL Women's Championship, 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing took place Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final at Huntington Beach in California on August 5. 2018.
Vans US Open witnessed that Courtney Conlogue (USA) claimed her first victory of the 2018 season. It is her first win since 2017s Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro.
In the Final, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), who currently ranked No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard, and Courtney Conlogue competed in three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves.
Courtney Conlogue defeated Lakey Peterson (USA) who is currently No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard in the Quarterfinal, followed by, she took down rookie Caroline Marks (USA) in the Semifinal.
While, Stephanie Gilmore eliminated Johanne Defay (USA) in Quarterfinal, and 3-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in Semifinal, respectively.
Beginning of the Heat of the Final, Stephanie Gilmore earned 5.83 and 6.03 points on right hand waves. But Courtney Conlogue showcased two backhand rides in a row and gained 7.33 and 6.50 points.
Finally, Courtney Conlogue won with a total of 13.83 points.
After the Final, Courtney Conlogue said;
"It's so great performing in front of my hometown. We spend so much time traveling during the season, and when you get your hometown vibe, there's nothing like it. You just absorb all that energy and use it as fuel for your fire.
The win in 2009 was quite amazing for that time in my life, and now this one has its own special meaning for me. Coming back from injury, it's the first event I've felt 100 percent. Both of these wins here have been amazing and unforgettable."
Runner-up Stephanie Gilmore said;
"A final's a final. Everyone starts with zero. You have to be spicy to beat these girls. That local knowledge makes a big difference."
2018 Vans US Open of Surfing Final Results:
F 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.83 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.86
2018 Vans US Open of Surfing Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.36
SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.57 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 11.26
2018 Vans US Open of Surfing Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.83 def. Johanne Defay (USA) 13.33
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.84 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.93
QF 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.40 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.40
QF 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.97 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.64
- source : World Surf League