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jettygirl online surf magazine's second annual new year's feature

Courtney Conlogue, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

courtney conlogue photo by chris grant


JettyGirl: While faltering economies, political turmoil and energy issues dominated most of the headlines during the past year, much of 2008's good news slipped through the cracks. What's the best thing that happened to you in 2008 and what are you most hopeful for in 2009?
Courtney Conlogue: The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was winning my first NSSA National Open Women title at Lowers. I had put five solid years of training, success and failure into this one and finally accomplished one of my big goals. I won the Conference Southwest Open Women Champion 4 consecutive years. I won the NSSA Trifecta too with my first place wins as the Conference Southwest Open Women champion, Western Regional Open Women Champion, and the National Open Women Champion. In 2009 I'll enter my senior year in high school which I’m looking forward to.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
CC: I do remember my first time surfing very clearly. We used to caravan with several friends and head to Mexico for surfing and fishing trips. We'd drive pretty far south to a spot that had great waves and no one around but our group. We'd stay for a few weeks at a time. My dad has surfed all his life. On this trip I was 4 years old and I watched my dad and his friends surf as I always did. My dad never pushed any of us to surf. It was his thing and I guess he figured if we were interested we'd start. On this trip I asked my dad to take me out. I don't remember what I was riding the first time I stood on a surfboard. It was probably one of my dad's surfboards. That's all it took. I've been surfing ever since that first time. My dad bought me my first surfboard shortly after that trip. It was a Rawson that we found at the Rip Curl Outlet in San Clemente. My sister and brother both surf too.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
CC: My favorite board right now is a Bushman Surfboard. Bushy and I have been experimenting with things to try and discover my dream shape and constantly work on ways to better the technology and craftsmanship of my equipment under my feet. He's a very talented shaper. My dad has always encouraged me from the beginning to experiment, learn, and educate myself regarding my equipment.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
CC: Lisa Anderson is my hero because she helped bring women's surfing to what it is today. Her powerful moves and rail to rail surfing were solid. She changed what surfing was and how to surf for many of the female surfers of her time. As a result, more and more female surfers are surfing correctly, want to continue improving, and are trying new things. As a young female athlete I'm grateful to the females that went through many obstacles before me and helped the future of women's surfing. The young women today need to be thankful and recognize the women before them.

JG: In 2009 we'll see the best single maneuver ever done by a female surfer. Who do you think will pull the move and what do you think it will be?
CC: I don't know! It's difficult to say. I still like to see great rail to rail, carving, power surfing. I don't think you can ever replace that.

 

Next Surfer: Danielle Beck  

 

For those of you who like to jump around instead of going one by one, here's the complete list of surfers...

Alizee Arnaud Elizabeth Pepin Silva Kassia Meador Nicole Grodesky Schuyler McFerran
Amee Donohoe Erica Hosseini Kelly Nicely Nikita Robb Serena Brooke
Anna Garaway Frieda Zamba Kim Mayer Nikki Brooks Shaney Jo Darden
Anne Beasley Weber Heather Hudson Crummer Kim Mearig Paige Hareb Shannon Switzer
Ashley Lloyd Heather Jordan Kyla Langen Pam Burridge Silvana Lima
Bethany Hamilton Holly Beck Kym Campbell Pauline Ado Sofia Mulanovich
Betty Depolito Jacqueline Silva Lauren Sweeney Pauline Menczer Sormarie Nieves
Chanelle Sladics Jenna Balester Laurina McGrath Prue Jeffries Stacey Guy
Christa Alves Jenni Flanigan Layne Beachley Rebecca Woods Tammy-Lee Smith
Claire Bevilacqua Jessi Miley-Dyer Leah Dawson Rochelle Ballard Yvonne Mendel
Cori Schumacher Josie Drude Lynne Dickinson Rosy Hodge  
Courtney Conlogue Julie Cox Marissa Graham Sage Erickson  
Danielle Beck Kaitlin Maguire Mary Osborne Sally Fitzgibbons  
Darlene Conolly Karin Kendrick Megan Abubo Sam Haddad  
Donna von Hoesslin Karlee Mackie Nicola Atherton Sara Taylor  

 

Image Caption: Some things just aren't fair. This was Courtney's first wave in her first round heat at an NSSA comp. It must be pretty demoralizing to be paddling out and see your fellow competitor throwing down upside down hooks on the first wave of the heat. Courtney's progress has been well-documented and with good reason...she is an amazing surfer with a serious future in the sport. Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com

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Additional Resources:

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Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue

 

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