(August 16, 2009 – Oceanside, CA) – In a hotly contested battle that was decided in the final seconds by only a half point, Courtney Conlogue ripped through the waves in Oceanside, California, this afternoon and bested her competitors to claim the honor of being the 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior Champion and take home the $5,000 top prize. Boasting a $15,000 total prize purse, the 2nd Annual Supergirl Pro Junior is the first event in this year’s Supergirl Jam, the action sports industry’s only large-scale, all-female competition and lifestyle events designed to promote female empowerment, strength and independence. Conlogue, who recently won this year’s U.S. Open of Surfing women’s event and a USA team and individual gold medal in the International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games, battled Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Sage Erickson (Ojai, CA) and Nikita Robb (East London, South Africa) for the Supergirl title. Manuel, Erickson and Robb placed second, third and fourth, respectively. “Last year I took fourth in this event and saw Coco Ho take home the Supergirl cape when she won it,” said Conlogue. “I really wanted the win—and to take home the cape to be this year’s Supergirl champion. It’s an honor to win an event like this that focuses on, and supports, the girls.” Competing in smaller surf conditions than day one of the event weekend, the finals got started with a bang. Conlogue grabbed the highest score of the final out of the gate, when she posted a 7.50 on her opening wave. Manuel answered with her second and third waves, posting a 5.75 and 6.65 to take the lead. With Manuel in the lead, Conlogue hunted the horizon for an answer, but fell short until her fifth wave, when she posted a 5.40. With only minutes remaining in the final, Conlogue continued to catch waves while employing a defensive strategy to Manuel by shadowing her in the line-up. As the clock ticked down, Conlogue hung on to win by a nail-biting half point. “I knew it was going to be a battle with Courtney right to the end—and it was. We were both fighting hard for the win,” said Manuel. “This is my first time competing in the Supergirl Pro Junior and I’m happy with the result.” Final Results—Supergirl Pro Junior 2009 1) Courtney Conlogue 12.90 points 2) Malia Manuel 12.40 points 3) Sage Erickson 8.15 points 4) Nikita Robb 6.45 points The Supergirl Pro Junior, an ASP sanctioned Grade-4 surfing contest, recognizes the sport’s top female athletes who are 20-and-under. This year’s competition featured 16 of the world’s top female junior pro surfers who competed in yesterday’s quarterfinal and semi-final heats. On September 6 at 11:30 a.m. PST, the Supergirl Jam action of the Skateboard Street and Snowboard Rail Jam, as well as the Inline Best Trick competition, will be streamed LIVE on GO211.com and TheWB.com, the official online destination for the 2009 Supergirl Jam events and competitions. Coverage of the Supergirl Pro Junior and Supergirl Pro-Am Jam will also be included in the webcast. Programming featuring all three contests in the series – the Supergirl Pro Junior, the Supergirl Pro-Am Jam, and the Supergirl Jam - will be televised this fall on networks to include CBS Sports, FUEL TV and Fox Sports Net. ASA Entertainment, the leading action sports events, TV and content production company in the U.S., produces the Supergirl Jam with its partner, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. For complete results and photos of the Supergirl Pro Junior preliminary heats visit www.supergirljam.com. About ASA Entertainment Founded in 1994, ASA Entertainment, LLC (an Omnicom Company) is an action sports event, television and content production agency focused on creating and executing customized, turn-key marketing programs that range in scale from grassroots to global. ASA's events, featuring skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, free-skiing, freestyle motocross, surfing, snowboarding and music, are broadcast domestically on CBS, Spike, VERSUS, FUEL TV, WGN, CBS College Sports and Fox Sports Net, and distributed during 937 hours of programming to more than 1 billion HH globally via 32 international broadcast partners. ASA's productions span the spectrum from large, international competitions such as the LG Action Sports World Championships to amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions and mobile tours. As one of the most established organizations in action sports, ASA Entertainment develops premium content around the fastest growing sector of American sports. For more information, visit ASAentertainment.com or ActionSportsTour.com. About ASP The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing's undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the Foster's ASP World Tour, the ASP Women's World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world's best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America. About Warner Bros. Consumer Products Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. About DC Comics DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com. About TheWB.com TheWB.com (www.thewb.com; Twitter @thewbdotcom) is a premium, interactive video network featuring original digital series such as "The Lake" — executive produced by former WB Network CEO Jordan Levin and executive produced/directed by Jason Priestley — and a collection of popular series from Warner Bros. Television and The WB Network, including "The O.C.," "Veronica Mars," "Babylon 5" and "Gilmore Girls," among others. SUPERGIRL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. Downloadable images and information, as well as the announcement of all Supergirl Jam winners will be available on the Supergirl Jam 2009 online media kit at www.supergirljam2009.com.
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