Tyler Wright (AUS) took top honors at the Roxy Pro France this weekend, finishing up the ASP World Tour event in a heated battle against runner-up, Courtney Conlogue (USA). The Californian just returned from injury, but was holding nothing back unleashing a mean aerial game in front of the judges.
After taking out Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semi-finals, Conlogue looked fierce and hungry for a podium finish. The heroic comeback was applauded across seas by fans in the USA, excited to see more of Conlogue’s progressive surfing as the World Tour continues with her back in the mix.
The Huntington Beach local was riding a Stamps Surfboards CC model, a big larger than the rest of the ladies on a 6’0 by 18.7” wide. Aussie champion, Tyler Wright, was also on a round tail with the same width by 5’8.5′ in length, preferring the Lost Surfboards Sub Driver.
Both surfers in the Roxy Pro Final had a lot to gain from a French event win. Wright’s campaign for a World Title would accelerate considerably. Courtney Conlogue, the only surfer in the Top 17 to miss events this season, is on the bubble for requalification, sitting in the 12th position on the rankings. A 10,000-point win would put her above the cutoff for 2015.
Wright used her radical maneuvers on the lip to earn two nine-point rides on back-to-back waves. Conlogue, looking for her first event win for the 2014 season, had to take big risks to try to overtake a near-perfect two-wave total.
With a comfortable lead, Wright went for a big air and slob grab, and rode out cleanly for another nine. She continued her tear with a 9.70, which only further improved her heat total. The Australian finished the Final with four nine-point rides.
“That was one of the best Finals I’ve ever been in wave-wise,” Wright said after her second event win of 2014. “It wasn’t a wave-catching contest, it was a wave-riding contest and that’s the way I love to surf.”
ROXY PRO FRANCE 2014 RESULTS:
Final Result: Wright, 19.20, def. Conlogue, 12.43
Semi-Final 2 Result: Wright, 17.00, def. Defay, 13.50
Semi-Final 1 Result: Conlogue def. Moore
Quarter-Final 4 Result: Moore, 10.60, def. Gilmore, 5.03
Quarter-Final 3 Result: Conlogue, 15.00, def. Buitendag, 14.20
Quarter-Final 2 Result: Wright, 12.53, def. Fitzgibbons, 12.24
Quarter-Final 1 Result: Defay, 12.53, def. Manuel, 8.50