Monday, 5 September 2011

SriLankan Pro-2011 international surfing competition

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

The SriLankan Pro-2011 international surfing competition finished successfully yesterday, establishing Arugam Bay as a top international surfing venue. Apart from being a great surfing beach, it is in a beautiful part of Sri lanka with very hospitable people.
Courtney Conlouge (USA), the ASP women’s world ranking number one riding on a wave at the women’s short board event finals at Arugam Bay on Sunday. Pictures by Sulochana Gamage

Courtney Conlouge (USA), the ASP women’s world ranking number one

The 19 year old Californian Courtney Conlouge walked away with the women’s short board championship crown in the SriLankan Pro-2011 international surfing competition finals on the superb waves of Arugam Bay yesterda, 5 September 2011.

Men’s Long Board Champion Duan Desoto carried by his friends

There were plenty of surfing tricks exchanged between the men’s finalists where Duan prospected with some superb back hand turns. “I am so exited to win the title and we got some first class steady waves here in this beautiful beach and I am very happy,” said the men’s champion just after he completed the final. He appreciated the Sri Lankan hospitality and said that he will be back for the next year’s contest too. Courtney with overwhelming joy said that it’s great to win the event after having a tough battle with Lakey who was in good form.

Duan beat Australian Harley Ingleby in the semi-final while the runner up Taylor Jensen (USA) qualified for the finals by defeating his Brazilian rival Rodrigo Sphaier in the semis. In the women’s semi-finals Courtney performed with an excellent 9.9 to beat the French surfer Paulinc Ado and Lakey booked her place in the final after beating New Zealander Sarah Mason in the other semi final.

Arugam Bay greeted with excellent waves on the final day of competition and the beach was filled with a dense crowd who came to witness the event. SriLankan Air lines and ASP along with the Lanka Sportsreisen with the support of Sri Lanka Tourist Board conducted the championships.

Early surfers checking out the waves at Arugam Bay. Photo: Bob McKerrow


Women’s Short board final:

Courtney Conlouge (USA) beat Lakey Peterson (USA)

Men’s Long Board final:

Duan Destoto (Hawai) beat Harley Ingleby (Australia)
Arugam Bay (photo above by Bob McKerrow) is a surfing beach with great international potential and after the very successful  SriLankan Pro-2011 international surfing competition, I am sure we are going to see more international events here. 

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