BILLABONG GIRLS ARE TOP FINISHERS AT NSSA NATIONALS 2008
Courtney Conlogue is the 2008 Open Women’s Champ and Lelia Hurst took both the Explorer Women’s and Explorer Girls Titles
Billabong’s Courtney Conlogue was named the 2008 NSSA Nationals Open Women’s Champion on Sunday while Billabong team rider Lelia Hurst made the finals in three divisions winning both Explorer Women’s and Explorer Girls titles.
“Leila and Courtney have been surfing exceptionally well throughout the contest,” says Billabong Team Manager Megan Villa. “We are so proud of both of them, they have worked hard for these wins.”
The wave consistency wasn’t the best for the Open Women’s final, Conlogue’s first scoring wave happened with the clock halfway out. As a result, Erickson held the lead up until that point. Conlogue pulled a big frontside snap then hitting the lip hard landing strong over the closeout re-entry to edge her ahead, and was able to hold that lead. Conlogue received $2000 in prize money and a new beach cruiser. She was also honored with the "Kalani Robb Most Inspirational Surfer Award" for which she received a new Al Merrick Surfboard.
Leila Hurst from Kauai excelled. She was the only surfer to make all three women’s/girls finals. She finished 3rd in the wave starved Open Women’s final. Hurst racked up 6 turns to the beach on a perfect scoring 10-point wave in the Explorer Girls final taking the win from rival surfer Malia Manuel. Competition was tight in the Explorer Womens final but Hurst’s ability to keep her composure and surf strong led her to victory.
Billabong’s Alessa Quizon’s is the current Hawaii NSSA Open and Explorer Women’s Conference Champion. She placed 3rd overall in the Explorer Women’s division at Nationals this year.
High School Women finalist Taylor Pitz placed 4th overall and was rewarded with $500 cash for holding one of the Top GPA's (4.4 GPA).