Then, willing her lower-body strength to chase a racing section, she stole a few wraps and scored a 5. 93, which put her within less than a point of Conlogue’s 13. 00 total with 1:10 left to go. Wright needed a 6. 68 to gain the lead, but her golden wave in the final minute never came.
The win awarded Conlogue with 10,000 points, and she’ll enter the final two events of the year — the Roxy Pro and the Maui Women’s Pro in Honolua Bay — at 5,250 points shy of Wright’s formidable 61,450 total. “I’m just so stoked to be able to come back, to right the wrongs that happened last year”.
Wright had the opportunity to win the title, if she were to place first and Conlogue was to go down in the quarterfinals, but Wright’s title chase now moves on to France at the Roxy Pro, where she will try to defend her event win from last season.
Conlogue struck first with a 8. 17 after she found a rare open section and delivered a series of strong hooks in the pocket. A 13. 00-1. 57 lead for Conlogue would define most of the heat.
A moment that hushed the commentating booth came at the 5:33 mark, when Conlogue mistimed a close-out section and buckled her knees in an awkward fall, though she mentioned nothing of an injury after the heat.
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