- 22 April 2012 | Surfing
Courtney Conlogue has won the prestigious 2012 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, over Malia Manuel, at Dee Why Beach, in clean, but challenging two-to-three foot (1.5 meter) waves.
The fourth stop on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour has caused some interesting twists and turns in the race for the coveted ASP Women's World Title.
Conlogue, who has won multiple ASP 6-Star events, claimed her maiden win on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, a feat that sees her jump to 4th on the ratings.
Conlogue and Manuel battled through the stacked field of competitors to reach the Final. The dying swell made conditions difficult, but Conlogue found the best waves that allowed her to execute multiple powerful turns.
"I'm speechless right now!" Conlogue said. "It's been two years on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour where I kept losing in the Quarterfinals. Then today after winning my Quarterfinal I just tried to go and win the thing".
"Malia (Manuel) was surfing great in the Final, even though the waves were tricky. I'm really stoked to have won this event! I love Steph (Gilmore) and Sally (Fitzgibbons) and to have them chair me up the beach was absolutely amazing!"
Manuel's run to the Final wasn't easy, defeating Gilmore and Tyler Wright in the morning's Quarterfinal and Semifinal. Manuel's smooth style and tail drifting turns saw her earn big scores and new fans all event.
Her red-hot run was only ended by Conlogue's superior wave selection. Manuel is now equal 6th on the ASP World Championship Tour, and she is now the highest ranked 2012 rookie.
"I'm really relieved to get a good result here at Dee Why," Manuel said. "I'm happy to move up the ratings. It's a great confidence boost going into the next three events. I'm really stoked to make a final in my rookie year. I hope the battle for ASP Rookie Of The Year goes down to the last contest. It's really close between me and Lakey (Peterson). I'm not going to count her out."
2012 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Result:
1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.17
2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.56