Courtney Conlogue 

Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 16, took down the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 Supergirl Pro Junior today, defeating an all-star Final in challenging one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) surf in Oceanside.

Conlogue, who just last month took down the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing, wasted no time in today’s Final, racking up the day’s high single-wave score (a 7.40 out of a possible 10) on her opening wave with two calculated and explosive backhand maneuvers.

“The conditions were really challenging out there today and it was difficult to find scoring waves,” Conlogue said. “My first wave have a pretty good line on it and I tried to make the most of it.”

Today’s win marks the third in as many events for the young natural-footer, who took down the U.S. Open before a world amateur title in Costa Rica, further cementing Conlogue’s growing reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the international circuit.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work the past couple of years and it’s really rewarding to have it pay off,” Conlogue said. “Hopefully I can just continue to improve and keep working towards my goal of qualifying for the ASP Women’s World Tour.

With a Final that included the likes of 2008 U.S. Open winner Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), 16, top regional junior Sage Erickson (Ojai, CA), 18, and international sensation Nikita Robb (East London, ZAF), 20, Conlogue’s win was no easy feat, and the Californian was rewarded with the biggest junior women’s purse in ASP North America history, US $5,000.

”All the girls in the Final are really close and we’re all pushing each other to surf better,” Conlogue said. “It’s great that Supergirl would back junior women’s surfing with such a big prize purse and hopefully it’s the first of many.”

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Charles Martin and Pauline Ado win the 2009 Oakley Pro Junior in France 

Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA), 18, and Charles Martin (GLP), 18, have won the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior today in France, respectively in the men’s and women’s division, finishing atop an international field over 150 competitors to raise the coveted trophy in front of a massive crowd. Ado and Martin, who had to get through several heats today to reach the final encounters in their respective divisions, showed their strong abilities in the tricky two foot (0.5 meter) waves on offer to oust event favorites en route to victory.

Martin, who is considered one of the best European surfers of the new generation coming out of France, claimed his second ASP Pro Junior title at Lacanau, where he was a runner-up in 2008. Facing other favorites Joan Duru (Ondres, FRA), 19, and Wiggoly Dantas (BRA), 19, as well as Oakley rider and underdog Tom Cloarec (Capbreton, FRA), 15, Martin kept his unstoppable form throughout the 30-minute decider.

“Winning this event is exactly what I wanted coming here,” Martin said. “I haven’t won an event in a year and the Oakley Pro Junior was a main goal for me this year as it puts me back in the ratings’ race and gives me that ticket for the Oakley Global challenge.”

Martin, whose win today rockets him to No. 4 on the ASP European Junior ratings, will be a favorite when he heads back to Hossegor for the next event and tries and confirm his favorite status.

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Tim Macdonald 

TIM Macdonald (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) outclassed a who’s who of Australian junior surfing today, to win the 2009 Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Gold Coast Qualifier.

Held in powerful, 0.5-1m beach break conditions at Narrowneck on the northern Gold Coast, Macdonald powerfully attacked the shifting beach break peaks on the final day of competition, scoring a combined heat total of 17.77 (out of a possible 20) in the final, including a 9.50 ride to defeat Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach, QLD), Dan Pryor (Tugun, QLD) and Sol Pereira-Ryan (Coolangatta, QLD) who finished second to fourth respectively.

Macdonald who was also recently selected in the Queensland State Junior Surfing Team said he was shocked by the result.

“I honestly can’t believe I won that final, especially in an event as prestigious as the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters,” said Macdonald.

“All the Red Bull had everyone firing in the earlier rounds, so I was nervous going into the last heat, but some good waves came my way and I was able to show what I can do,” he said.

Macdonald timed his run to perfection, upsetting Tugun’s Dan Pryor and Rainbow Beach’s Noah Lane in the final, who both had been the standout competitors leading into the deciding heat of the event.

Dan Pryor was the only surfer of the event to register a perfect-ten point ride in his second round heat and although he was able to make the final, he couldn’t quite reproduce the form he displayed at the beginning of the day.

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