Courtney Conlogue is a two-time runner-up to the World Title (2015, 2016), and deep lover of the pro surfing game. She’s best known for her gritty determination, incredible work ethic, and an arduous pursuit of perfection that will never be obtained. These were traits she learned to love as a 4-year-old student of martial arts while growing up in land-locked Santa Ana, California, 30 minutes from the coast. Fortunately, her ocean-loving family made up for lost water time on weekends with sessions that lasted six-to-eight hours. When she was old enough, she and her brother would ride nearly 20 miles on their bikes to catch a few waves in Huntington Beach, their adoptive home break. She won the first contest she ever entered when she was ten, which kick-started a rapid rise through the amateur ranks. By 14, she’d already earned a wildcard into the Maui Pro at Honolulu. Watching Layne Beachley dominate in the flawless conditions was all the inspiration she needed to chase her dream. In 2009, while still a star member of her track team back at school, she won the US Open of Surfing in front of her home crowd, paving the way for her graduation to the Championship Tour, where her peers adore her goofy personality and insatiable curiosity as much as her determination and drive. She bagged a couple wins during her first few years on Tour and finished in the Top 10, but her transformation into a contender happened in 2015, when she won events in Western Australia, Brazil and Portugal. Unfortunately, a heartbreaking loss in the final event of that season cost her the title, and while she’s been in the hunt every year since, history keeps repeating itself. Conlogue is showing zero signs of slowing down, however. True to form, she’s as motivated than ever by the process, the challenges, and the journey.