The Beachley Classic champ being chaired up the beach by friends/competitors Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: ASP

In just her second year on Tour, Courtney Conlogue notched her maiden World Tour victory by defeating Malia Manuel in the Final at the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney. With the result, she earned herself an oversized check for $30K and jumped up to the fourth spot in the ratings. Here's what the still-stoked sophomore had to say about her big win:

The Final
“I actually hadn't had a better result than the Quarters, so to finally get to a Final was amazing. When I got up against Malia, I knew I definitely had to put a show on, to have my A-game. I knew the judges wanted to see what kind of flare and power we could do in the Final. The conditions were super tricky, so all the stars aligned for that heat and it all just fell into place.”

The Celebration
“I was super fortunate to have Sally and Steph carry me up the beach, which was absolutely amazing. I didn't realize it until after Sally carried me up, she told me that she'd never carried anyone up the beach before and she wanted to save it for a special moment. She and I go way back, from surfing ASP Juniors and ISA events, we're pretty dear friends, so to have her carry me up the beach was really cool. To have Steph too, 4-time World Champ and someone I've looked up to since I was younger, it was absolutely amazing.”

The Atmosphere
“Being on the Tour with all the girls, it feels like a family now. I mean, the first year I was kind of acclimating, trying to understand the different spots around the world, and learning a lot. This year, I feel like I'm a lot more comfortable and feel at home. Every single spot we go to, we're just a little group, and a little team, competing against each other–I don't know how we do it, but it's a lot of fun. Every single event, you feel that all the girls are so supportive and we push each other's limits. It's so fun to be a part of it, and I think it's just going to be better as this year goes on.”

Up Next
“Coming into the last three events, with this last win it's going to be a lot more comforting, for sure. Not such a panic mode, getting only to the Quarters makes you think, ‘Ah, I need a result.’ I think the next three events are going to be a lot of fun. I love Biarritz, and the US Open is going to be in my backyard, so that'll be a lot of fun. Going into Rio, I'm really looking forward to what the waves are going to do there. Just trying to figure things out, take my surfing to the next level, and constantly be growing and doing what I want to be doing.”

Conlogue linked together enough turns in the Final's tricky conditions to claim the biggest purse of the year at Dee Why. Photo: ASP