COURTNEY CONLOGUE TALKS SURFING, STYLE & SWATCH WATCH DESIGN
Courtney Conlogue continues to make waves as one of surfing’s rising stars. At just 20 years of age, she has already achieved great success in a short span of time. Following a year full of dominant performances at prestigious sporting events in countries including Australia, France and Spain, she has an array of gold, silver and bronze medals under her belt, as well as the honor of the 2011 ASP Women’s Breakthrough Performer of the Year. Courtney is well on her way to achieving her ultimate goal of becoming ASP World Champion.
When she’s not competing against the top surfers in the world, Courtney is engaging in a hardcore training regimen, satisfying her interests outside the sport including art and photography, and working to inspire others.
A Glam Slam caught up with Courtney to chat about her surfing success thus far, her sophmore year on tour, her new Swatch Watch design and her personal style. Check it out:
(photo credit: Dom Daher)
Competing since a young age, how have you been able to balance your career with other teenage responsibilities (schoolwork, friends etc.)?
I am able to balance my surfing career and being a normal young person by managing my time, planning ahead and not procrastinating. These are all important for everyone especially for young people like me in order to get everything done in an efficient manner.
You’ve already achieved a lot of success in a short span of time. What is the next big thing you’d like to accomplish?
Winning a world title!
How would you compare your rookie year on the World Tour to your sophmore year?
My rookie year was a total learning experience not knowing what to expect, constantly learning the ropes and figuring things out on what to do. In my sophomore year, I definitely know more about what is going on, where to stay and know my bearings. It gets better every year.
Your top rivals on Tour are also your companions. What’s it like to compete head-to-head with your friends? Does that help to motivate you even more?
It is definitely different competing against friends. Every sports has this aspect of competition. I don’t think about friendship when I compete against them during my heats.
Are there any surfers, male or female, that have inspired you most?
Surfers do not necessarily inspire me but inspirational books inspire me a lot. Because surfing is a sport I am in, I look to others outside the sport for inspiration. Books tend to really inspire me like Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman and Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski.
You are known to have an intense training regimen. Can you talk about your fitness routine?
My fitness training is intense because I want to know that I am prepared and ready for competition. Good quality training is important for your physical and mental strength. Having the determination to train 3-5 days a week and having a routine and keeping a schedule are important to me.
Switching gears to style, you’ve teamed with Swatch on a sports collection. Can you talk about your wristwatch design? How much input did you have in the creative process?
I had 100% creative control in my design. With this being a summer collection watch, the wood grain strap and pink color face worked out great! The colors are natural and vibrant. I wear this watch all the time as it goes well with any outfit.
(Courtney’s Swatch design is available here: http://bit.ly/SwatchWonderDrift)
Girls in the surfing world can often be characterized as having a pretty distinct sense of style. When you’re not competing, how would you describe your personal style?
I love dressing up! I describe my style as casual and hip with a touch of flare. My style is always changing depending upon my mood.
Your sport requires a lot of travel. Where has been your favorite place to travel and compete?
My favorite place to travel is europe because there is always something to do, places to explore and I enjoy experiencing all types of different cultures. My two favorite places to compete are in the U.S. and Australia. I love competing at home in Huntington Beach at the U.S. Open and I feel that Australia is a second home to me.
When you’re not surfing, you have expressed interest in art and photography. If you weren’t a surfer, might that be your career path?
If I wanted to I could make art and photography a career but I would probably be in the business world. I enjoy brainstorming and designing for people.
Outside of your sport, what are some your long-term goals?
I enjoy reaching out to others especially those whom I meet when I travel. Outreach is important to me and being able to affect others in a good way by spreading the word about things that could help and inspire others. Being happy about who I am is also important. Also, never saying “I should have done this or that” or waiting around and having an opportunity pass you by. When I look back on my life, I don’t want to have any regrets.