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Courtney Conlogue Dominates Round Three of ASP Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro
PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia - Spain (Friday, September 16, 2011) – The ASP
6-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Women’s Pro ran through to complete Round
Three of competition with defending event champion Courtney Conlogue (Santa
Ana, CA) 19, stepping into top gear with a near perfect performance in small
2-3ft waves. Due to the inconsistent conditions event official decided not
to run Quarter-finals or Round Four of the men’s ASP 5-Star Cabreiroa Pantin
Conlogue, who has improved her performance in each of her heats, continued
with the same pattern as she blasted a punchy left with a one-two
combination of powerful backhand hacks to receive a near perfect 9.47 out of
10, the highest of the event.
“Every single heat I just try and improve on the previous one in each
contest. I try not to peak too soon. I am experimenting with heat strategies
and working out what to do and I am looking forward to the quarter-finals.”
Defending her Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro title, Conlogue feels at home in
the Galician waters and has no trouble returning to Pantin for her 2011
title defence. Her two-wave combined heat total of 18.14 out of 20 showed
she is well and truly focused on the job at hand.
“The waves are definitely really fun. It is a little tricky but I managed to
pick a few waves and gave it all I had. It is really great to be back in
Spain. I love it here so much and I like coming back to do this event each
year because we have such a good time here.”
Malia Manuel (Kauai, HAW) 18, laid down a series of critical forehand snaps
on her opening wave to receive a 6.77 out of 10 and gain control in a tough
encounter against former ASP World champion Sophia Mulanovich (PER) and
experienced campaigner Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS).
Late in the 30-minute encounter, Manuel drive the nail home with another
impressive right to obtain a combined heat total of 13.87 out of 20 and
advance ahead of Mulanovich who placed second.
“I was very lucky that fun right came to me. I was watching the heat before
mine and I saw Cannelle (Bulard) get a right in the excellent range so I
took that into consideration and it turned out to be a good thing. It was a
wave catching contest as we all caught a lot of waves and I was just lucky I
caught those couple that opened up for me.”
Manuel, currently sitting in 13th position on the ASP Star tour rankings, is
on the verge of possibly qualifying for next year’s elite ASP Women’s World
Tour and is looking to gain as many ranking points as possible is the
remaining two events on the 2011 women’s Star tour schedule.
“There were a lot of nerves out there in the small conditions and to get the
valuable points for the rankings. I am on the bubble to try and qualify so
just to survive another heat and taking it day by day is really helpful.”
Cannelle Bulard (St Leu, REU) 17, kept her momentum in a feverish heat which
saw all surfers taking many waves in a desperate search for scoring rides.
Bulard opened up with a 7.33 out of 10 which contained a flurry of backhand
snaps to gain confidence in the low scoring matchup and fend off all
challenges thrown down by her competitors.
“I got a good right at the start and then another little score and it was
enough to get me through the heat so I am very happy to make it and get into
the next round. The waves are small today but it is okay.”
Bulard kept to her game plan of selecting a peak further down the beach and
her choice paid off with her excellent start. As to be expected she was not
the only surfer with that idea. Her frantic search for a backup score
eventually came late in the heat with another well ridden right-hander.
“Like yesterday I went to the other peak down the beach because I don’t like
the right that breaks off the headland. So I watched it before my heat and I
saw that there were lefts and rights. Erica
(Hosseini) I knew she would also go there because she loves the lefts too.
So we were on the peak together but it was nice. We each took our waves.
Actually I took everything that came through. (laughs)
A first-call will be made tomorrow, Saturday at 10am with women’s
Quarter-finals followed by men’s Round 4 and then women’s semi-finals
through to the crowning of this year’s women’s ASP 6-Star Cabreiroa Pantin
Classic Pro champion.
The ASP 5-Star Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro and the ASP 6-Star Cabreiroa
Pantin Classic Pro women’s event are scheduled until September 18, 2011. For
more information, and all upcoming results, photos, video highlights, press
releases and LIVE webcast log-on to; www.aspeurope.com
Upcoming Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro Women’s Quarter-final Matchups Heat 1:
Cannelle Bulard (REU) Vs Sophia Mulanovich (PER) Heat 2: Erica Hosseini
(USA) Vs Malia Manuel (HAW) Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) Vs Rebecca Woods
(AUS) Heat 4: Paige Hareb (NZL) Vs Justine Dupont (FRA)
Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro Women’s Round Three Results Heat 1: Cannelle
Bulard (REU) 13.10, Erica Hosseini (USA) 8.23, Nicola Atherton (AUS) 8.10
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.87, Sophia Mulanovich (PER) 11.90, Jessi
Miley-Dyer (AUS) 10.26 Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18.14, Paige Hareb
(NZL) 15.24, Sarah Mason (NZL) 9.23 Heat 4: Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.84,
Rebecca Woods (AUS) 13.03, Nage Melamed (HAW) 10.10