AQUITAINE, France, October 6 (UPI) – Surfer Courtney Conlogue may be the first American to be world champion in a generation if things go well at an event in France.
With two events remaining in the 2015 women’s professional surfing round the world, Dialogue, 23, from Santa Ana, Calif., Could become the first American woman to win a world title since 1997. Conlogue would also be the first Californian, male or female, to win a world title since 1990.
The Roxy Pro France started on Wednesday at the surf break called Hossegor. If Conlogue wins the event and her closest competitor, Carissa Moore of Hawaii, loses early in the event, Conlogue can clinch the title. This is not a likely scenario, however, given that Moore has been a two-time world champion, but it is possible. In competitive surfing, Hawaii competes as a separate nation, in honor of the islands being the birthplace of the ancient sport.
Conlogue and Moore have faced each other since their teens in amateur events. They have traded victories over the years, but since reaching the World Surf League Elite Women’s Championship Tour four years ago, Conlogue – although very successful – finished just out of the title fight.
In 2014, Conlogue was out of the water for four months with an ankle injury, but since her return she is perhaps the fiercest competitor on the women’s circuit.
In a battle for No.1 since April, she took the lead for the first time in her career after the US Open of Surfing in California in August, then lost it a month later to the Swatch Pro a few miles away. South. She won it back after winning the Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal on September 27. The Roxy Pro France is an opportunity for Conlogue to at least increase its lead and make the final event of the season, the Target Maui Pro at the end of November, less pressure. case.
Conlogue said she enjoys fighting.
âIt was good to feel that, take it away from me and feel that disappointment,â Conlogue told the WSL. “It just kindled the fire. I’m going to discover, adapt and learn. It’s great to be a part of thatâ¦ to see who wins in the end.”
In 1997 Lisa Andersen of Florida won her fourth and last consecutive world title. Her championship run also helped her become the face of Quiksilver’s Roxy brand and create a boom in womens surfwear.
Since then, no American has come close to Andersen’s success, until Conlogue, who is the same age as Andersen’s daughter.