When everyone thought Defay pushed the limits of barrel riding in her heat, the defending event winner Courtney Conlogue (USA) decided the bar could be raised a touch higher. In the opening minute of her heat against Roxy wildcard Vahine Fierro (PYF), the Californian locked into a bigger, cleaner wave on her backhand and rode a long and technical tube, exiting right before the shutdown for the first perfect 10 point ride of the event.
Conditions continued to fire as the sun started to set on a picture-perfect La Graviere lineup, and Conlogue found another incredible wave, pulled into another big barrel on her forehand this time to post an excellent 8.93 and definitely burry Fierro’s last hopes of a comeback.
“I love barrels,” said Conlogue. “I think it was 30 seconds in when I saw that wave and I got so excited, I was like ‘keep cool, just keep cool’. It was such a fun heat, I got the lineup to myself and waves were so much fun. Quarterfinals is a new start but honestly, I just want to keep getting barreled.”