Courtney Conlogue: she ate many croissants

Courtney Conlogue has stormed the 2013 Swatch Girls Pro France, in Seignosse Le Penon, after defeating Johanne Defay in the final.


The Californian posted the second highest score of the event, a near perfect 9.60 to leave Defay in a combination situation in the final.

"Definitely feels really good, Swatch always does a great job and makes athletes really feel at home. I felt really in tune this whole week and today I was just trying to start fresh and have a new beginning and it ended up working out really well for me", says Conlogue.

A complete athlete with impeccable technique and a strong fitness background, Conlogue made light work of the challenging conditions today. The birthday girl, who just turned up 21 this very day, takes home another Swatch trophy and builds momentum towards the back end of the 2013 season in Europe.

"I definitely got what I asked for today, I said I didn't want perfect waves to make it more interesting and it was a lot of work out there!" Conlogue continued.

"It was like a little triathlon, you'd paddle out, paddle against the current, take a wave and come in to do the run around. It was a great heat, I'm stoked with every wave I got out there it was getting better and better."

Johanne Defay claims the Junior event victory, as well as the ASP European Junior crown. She moves up to the 10th position on the ASP Women's World Rankings.

"It's just amazing, thank's so much everybody for the support. I've spoken enough about myself, I really want to thank everyone in the public, all those little words when you're running back up the beach are amazing".

"That's my best result on the Star tour and to surf against Courtney in those waves was incredible, she is so powerful."

2013 Swatch Girls Pro France Final:

1. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18.47
2. Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.00