The American, 21, moved up to third on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rankings thanks to the win, which came in clean and rippable two-to-three foot waves in New Zealand.
“I put in a lot of hard work between last year and this year and I’m stoked to have it paying off with a win,” Conlogue said. “I’ve felt like I’ve been surfing well all year and have been building momentum up until this point. Really happy about today.”
Runner-up Ho, also 21, jumped from ninth to seventh in the standings after what was her best result of the season so far.
“Bummed I couldn’t keep it going into the final but runner-up is a great result for me and taking down some big names is a great confidence boost for me,” Hawaiian Ho said.
“Best result in a long while and we’re heading into Brazil where I have done well in the past. I feel like I have been surfing well all year and it’s a relief to finally get a solid result. Boards are going really well and I’m looking forward to the next stop.”
Event five of this season's ASP Women’s Tour is the Billabong Rio Pro from May 8 to 14.
TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival final result:
1 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.00
2 – Coco Ho (HAW) 9.27
TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival semi-finals results:
SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.47 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.97
SF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.33 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.24
Current ASP Women’s World Championship Tour rankings:
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 31,700 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 30,000 pts
3. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 26,900 pts
4. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 26,200 pts
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 24,700 pts