Courtney Conlogue shines brightest for Team USA in Ecuador
Congratulations are in order for Courtney Conlogue, whose silver-medal performance in the under-18 girls division was the top individual performance during the recent Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Ecuador. (Australia's Tyler Wright was first.)
Overall, Team USA finished a disappointing fourth behind the top three: Australia, Hawaii and Brazil.
But Conlogue, 16, has for years and remains to be a bright and immensely talented board representative for her country, Southern California and her home town of Santa Ana.
"Yo trabajo mucho en Ecuador por de competition en de ISA World Junior Championships," she said in a greeting to friends upon her return this week, showing off her Spanish.
She did work hard during the competition. No surprise there. She even donated one of her surfboards to an Ecuadorian family with two small boys, perhaps unaware that they're probably fighting over the board this very moment.
"I made them promise to try and get to the World Junior Championships someday," Conlogue said.
-- Pete Thomas
Photo: Santa Ana's Courtney Conlogue blasts the lip during competition at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Ecuador. She earned an individual silver medal. Credit: Billabong USA