– SIX-TIME WSL CHAMPION GILMORE RETAINS JEEP LEADER JERSEY
– CONLOGUE MOVES UP TO WORLD NO. 4 AFTER CLASSIC BELLS BEACH FINALE
– DEFENDING EVENT WINNER WILKINSON ELIMINATED IN ROUND 3
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Monday, April 17, 2017) – Courtney Conlogue (USA) has won the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach after defeating Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in four-to-six foot (1 – 2 meter) conditions at the world-renowned Bells Beach in the Australian state of Victoria.
The third stop of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, witnessed Conlogue ring the coveted Bell for the second time after her dominance throughout the final series today. The Californian unleashed her aggressive power-surfing to take down a stacked field of competitors, including six-time WSL Champion Gilmore, reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) and three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW).
“Winning it last year felt so good, but to back it up is amazing,” said Conlogue. “I’m so speechless. The first two events of the Australian leg did not go that well for me, so I’m stoked to finish it off with a win. I have always loved coming to Bells. It’s an amazing arena with all of the fans down here. It’s a really tricky wave to master, so to have two wins here is really special.”
Conlogue came into the start of the 2017 season as World No. 2, but a 9th place finish at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast and 5th place result at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro set her back to World No. 9. The Californian’s win today moves her up to fourth on the Jeep Leaderboard to now put her World Title campaign back on track.
“Coming up against Stephanie [Gilmore] in the Final was incredible,” continued Conlogue. “She is such an amazing surfer and tough competitor. Maintaining composure at the end was key. I had a lot of last-minute wins this contest and that’s why it’s true that you should never give up because it’s not over until it is over.”
The Final saw an exciting battle between Gilmore and Conlogue. Gilmore got the edge in the opening exchange with an excellent 8.33 (out of a possible 10) to Conlogue’s 8.00. The women continued to charge, again posting excellent-range scores with Gilmore leading Conlogue’s 15.27 combined score by only 1.06 points. In the last 5 minutes of the heat, Conlogue took off on the biggest set wave of the Final and displayed her trademark power hacks and jams in the pocket to post an excellent 9.00-point ride for the lead. With only seconds left, Gilmore attempted to scratch into a medium-sized set but was unable to make it, leaving Conlogue to win her second consecutive Bell with a heat total of 17.00.
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 –Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.00
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1:Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18.33 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.00
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.66 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.73
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1:Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.56 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.33
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.26 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.60
QF 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.86 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.60
QF 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.60 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.80
2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach):
1 –Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 24,500 pts
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 21,700 pts
3 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 19,700
4 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 18,500
5 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 16,250
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