Julian Wilson and Courtney Conlogue came out victorious in the ninth stop of the 2018 Championship Tour.
The men’s finals saw two Australians battling it out in European waters. It was a pretty low-scoring heat with Ryan Callinan leading the majority of the way. That was until Wilson did a big air, which pretty much sealed the deal. He defeated Callinan, 15.34 to 14.23.
This is Wilson’s second win for this season after the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast where he surfed with a serious shoulder injury. His victory in France has put him back in the World Title race, trailing behind current World No. 1 Gabriel Medina by just 4660 points.
“To get back in the World Title race and to have my wife and child here is amazing,” said Wilson in an interview. “It’s all fairly overwhelming.”
From here on out, every heat matters, especially for Medina, Filipe Toledo, and Wilson. If Medina wants to end it in Portugal, he needs to finish first and hope that Toledo will not finish ninth (or better) and Wilson a third (or better). Otherwise, the race continues on to Hawaii.
The Australian surfer dedicates his win to Pierre Agnes, the much-loved surfing promoter who disappeared in January during a fishing trip.
“My emotions come from dedicating this win to Pierre Agnes,” Wilson shared. “Thank you, Pierre. All the surfers love you. The moment of silence before the Final shook me, everything he’s done for surfing here in France, and I’ve always dreamt of winning this event.”
Courtney Conlogue is another comeback story. After getting sidelined for the first half of the season because of a foot injury, her win over Macy Callaghan proves that she’s truly back in fighting form. Like Wilson, this is her second win after the Vans US Open of Surfing.
“I said before the Final that if I can find some rhythm and if the ocean and I can link up and have the same high voltage then I can put in a statement performance, which I think I did,” Conlogue said. “It’s a huge win in a place I love. I couldn’t be happier.”
“This whole event has been quite the journey. I had a lot of fun out there today, the conditions were so clean in that Final and I was just frothing. I had to keep my cool cause I was feeling like a grom! I wanted to be here in this position, but it was a matter of believing and working really hard. I came here with a little injury, but it was good cause it made me slow down a bit and forced me to maintain energy over the lay days.”
Conlogue’s France victory shot her five places up the leaderboard to number 8 and marks the 11th win of her career.
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