Courtney Conlogue (USA) has confirmed her return to competition. The Southern California native was injured in April at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia, and missed three elite contests during recovery. Cleared by the team she's worked with during her recovery, Conlogue will resume her ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) campaign at the Swatch Women's Pro Trestles.
"These are things you get over as a surfer," Conlogue said. "You just have to evolve and acclimate, take it as a learning experience, and hopefully win a couple heats."
Following back-to-back Quarterfinals finishes to start the 2014 season, at Bells Conlogue got twisted in the foam, suffering an ankle injury that has kept her out of competition since. Conlogue confirmed Friday that her team has cleared her, saying she is out of the "re-injury" phase.
"Courtney is a great competitor," said ASP Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. "It was hard having to watch her withdraw from the last few events, but I know she brought that competitive drive to her recovery and will finish out the season in good standing."
Conlogue is currently ranked No. 10 on the WCT, locked in a four-way tie with Coco Ho (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Johanne Defay (FRA). The top 10 at the conclusion of the season will requalify and, according to ASP rules, if there is a tie the woman with the highest ASP Qualification Series (QS) ranking will earn the spot. Other surfers ranked tenth are most likely to receive an injury replacement status. Further narrowing can be determined by comparing end-of-year QS standings.
Armed with determination and local knowledge, the stars may align in Conlogue's favor.
"To have an event in my own backyard, on a world class wave as well, and have it be my first event back is great," Conlogue said. "There's a good swell on tap and I just can't wait to get the jersey back on."