Supergirl Pro Junior
The action-packed, preliminary rounds of the 2nd Annual Supergirl Pro Junior surfing contest, the first stop of the 2009 Supergirl Jam action sports series, yielded four finalists who bested the waves and the competitive skills of their 16 fellow contestants to advance to the finals on Sunday, August 16.
Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), Sage Erickson (Ojai, CA), Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI) and Nikita Robb (East London, South Africa) will return to Oceanside Beach Pier in Southern California tomorrow afternoon in pursuit of the $15,000 prize purse and the honor of taking their place atop the 2009 ASP junior rankings.
The Supergirl Pro Junior, an ASP sanctioned Grade-4 surfing contest, recognizes the sport’s top female athletes who are 20-and-under.
Conlogue, who recently won this year’s U.S. Open of Surfing women’s event and was the USA gold medalist in the International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games, remained strong in the competition with the day-high score of 9.0, advancing her to the finals. “I was incredibly stoked when I heard I got a 9.0 from the judges,” said Conlogue. “This is the next generation of competitors, and Supergirl’s support has been amazing.”
Powering the waves, Erickson earned a 7.75 and a 7.25 to secure her spot in the finals. “I am excited to be in the finals, but it will be a tough competition against Courtney,” said Erickson. “I caught myself clapping for her when I was watching her heat. Competing against her will push us both to do well.”
Also securing a berth in the finals is Manuel, with her assortment of strong tail turns and speed. “It feels awesome to be out there,” added Manuel. “I hope the waves hold up for tomorrow.”
Nikita Robb once again proved that her strong surf style scores well with the judges, receiving marks to place her in the finals. “The competition was tough today,” said Robb. “I felt I had to bring it to the table if I wanted to make the finals. Events like this push the girls.”
The Supergirl Jam, the action sports industry’s only large-scale, all-female competition and lifestyle festival, is designed to promote female empowerment, strength and independence.
(via press release)