Surfing - Conlogue claims title in New Zealand

Courtney Conlogue claimed the Dow AgroSciences Pro title with victory over Coco Ho in the final at Taranki’s Fitzroy Beach.

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2012 SURFING American Courtney Conlogue

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

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