The future of women in the sport of surfing seems very promising when all the semifinalists at the sixth stop on the World Tour are 22 years old or younger. This means they each could compete for another 14 or more years before they are the age that Layne Beachley was when she retired from competition. Each year, the new talent gets better and better and the girls are going to keep pushing the competition. With two more events on the schedule, the draw has been shuffled and the excitement continues within the title race.
Sunday’s final at the Vans US Open of Surfing for the women had one to three foot surf on tap and was looking fun on the incoming tide for the first heats of the semifinals. Tyler Wright (AUS) and local favorite Courtney Conlogue (USA) had a great battle for the win that started with Tyler striking first with one blow tail end hit for a 5.83. Midway through the heat was a great exchange between the girls when they both caught lefts into the pier. Unfortunately for Wright, Conlogue picked the far superior wave and got the highest wave score of the day for both men and women, a 9.20. The Huntington Beach local surfer scored the next highest wave, a 6.80, a perfectly timed right where she completed two good re-entries all the way to the inside. Wright was in the combination situation, needing two high eight point rides. Crowd favorite, Courtney Conlogue took down the world number one and went onto the final.
Carissa Moore (HAW) verses Pauline Ado (FRA) was going to be a good heat with the tide filling in nicely and the rights and lefts peeling inside for both regular foot surfers to capitalize on. Moore began aggressively going left and putting Ado on the offense early on. Ado took on a different strategy than what she did had been throughout the competition by going only left. Moore kept a tight hold on the lead through the heat and did not let Ado pull ahead once. She surfed very calculated and smoothly for a semifinal victory against the lone French woman on tour. As Ado’s best result all year, she is sure to be proud of the third place finish. Don’t miss Ado returning to the competition field down in Oceanside, California this weekend at the Supergirl Pro August 2-4.
The final for the women was a super exciting finish to the event. Both Conlogue and Moore had been standouts each day of competition. Conlogue drew first blood with a mid range five and Moore came back at her with an 8.17 on a well surfed left that reformed on the inside for the extra points. The Hurley rider was staying busy and was able to find another long wave, this time a right, to maximize the scoring potential for a 7.83. She had Conlogue in a combination situation with a little over twenty minutes left in the heat. Despite a ten minute lull, Conlogue returned with a 7.50 by pulling off an unexpected backside reverse to decrease the score she needed for the win. Left needing an 8.50, Conlogue took off on a left under Moore’s priority and did everything she possibly could to maximize the score. Waiting in suspense on the beach, the score came in at 7.77 and was not enough. Carissa Moore claimed her second US Open victory having made it to at least the semifinal in her last five showings at the event.
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