The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro returns to Oceanside this weekend, riding girl-powered waves from July 24-26 for its eighth consecutive year. As the largest female surf contest in the world with 112 of the top pros expected to compete, this competition showcases some of the most athletic and determined female athletes all hungry to take this year's title.
World-class surfers competing include Alana Blanchard, Lakey Peterson, Malia Manuel, Coco Ho, Courtney Conlogue, Laura Enever, Johanne Defay, Nikki Van Dijk, Tatiana Weston-Webb, and Sage Erickson.
We chatted with pro surfer Courtney Conlogue to get an inside perspective before she dives in this weekend.
When did you first fall in love with surfing?
My parents took all of us to the beach right after we entered the world. It was our home away from home. I was born into a surfing family and I fell in love with surfing at a very young age. My father passed down his love of surfing to all of us; my brother and sister included.
Have you competed in the Supergirl Pro before?
I have competed in the WQS Supergirl Pro event on several occasions.
It's nice to have a World Qualifying Series (WQS) event in North America.
It's an amazing event and the women like to support it.
Walk us through your morning routine on competition day. How do you prepare?
There's a lot of preparation done before the competition day for my events. All the hard work has been done beforehand. On the day of the event it's very important to be well rested and to know that I'm ready and well trained for the actual competition. So on the day of competition I'm onsite early, I make sure I've studied the conditions, know the tides, I have my heat time, and eat a good energy filled breakfast. I usually get out for a quick warm-up to feel the condition of the ocean before the crowds arrive.
What's your overall physical training regimen like?
I train in many different programs. All my training is unique and contributes to my fitness, strength, surfing techniques, breathing, endurance, and ultimate performance. In additional to my surfing I utilize a combination of TRX, power and explosive training, weights, interval training, Breathology, yoga, skating, gymnastics, swimming, prone paddling, and anything that will get my adrenal going.
What's a moment in your surfing career that you are most proud of?
There are many things that I'm thankful for that my career has given me. I enjoy giving back as much as I can. I just came back from a trip to Nias and worked with SurfAid International. I've also enjoyed working with CHOC Cancer Institute and have helped them with surfing. As far as my results with surfing I'd have to say my 3 career wins at Margaret River, Western Australia is a nice accomplishment.
How would you describe San Diego's surf community?
I love San Diego! The waves are so fun and there are so many places to find surf. The community is friendly and enjoys sharing waves.
What do you like to do when you're not surfing?
If you look at my schedule on worldsurfleague.com you'll see that I travel the world for many events throughout the year. I'm traveling, training, competing, and exploring the world. A lot of time goes into the training and preparation of a professional athlete. I have many commitments to sponsors too. When I'm home I enjoy spending time with my family and my pets. I love painting and design. I can't stop reading and always have a pile of books. I need to work on my golf game too.
What sort of unique opportunities has surfing given you?
As a professional athlete that travels the world year-round for my sport; I'm very blessed! I meet so many people along the way, I work with many different foundations, I've had brand design collaborations, and my unique journey will keep on keeping on!
The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro will also feature live music, art, yoga, surf films, autographs, food trucks and more. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 24-26. No admission fee. supergirljam.com