Courtney Conlogue

Courtney Conlogue rips a backhand snap as she surfs in Round 1 of the women's division of the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier on Tuesday. (Don Leach / Daily Pilot / July 23, 2013)

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HUNTINGTON BEACH — About halfway through the second heat of the Women's competition at the Vans US Open of Surfing Tuesday, Courtney Conlogue said a thought crossed her mind as she waited out the surf at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

"I had caught a lot of waves up to that point and as I sat there, waiting for the next set, I thought that I should probably pace myself," said the 20-year-old, a 2010 graduate of Sage Hill School. "You definitely want to stay busy out there and give yourself as many chances as you can, and that's what I was doing. I just hoped that I wasn't over-doing it. I was going at a pretty high frequency."

Conlogue, of Santa Ana, had no need for worry about her plan of attack. What she did, from the get-go, was set the pace in her three-person heat that included a pair of talented Australian athletes, Rebecca Woods and Laura Enever. Conlogue's first wave score of 5.83 in the early stages of the 30-minute heat, established the tone and it catapulted her the remainder of the way.

Around the 17-minute mark, she scored a 7.43. For good measure, she posted a 7.03 with under five minutes to surf. When the 30 minutes were up, Conlogue won the heat with a final, two-wave score of 14.46. Woods (10.44) was second and Enever third (9.36).

The win gave Conlogue, who won the Open Women's title in 2009, a coveted spot in Thursday's Women's Round 3 as the Vans US Open of Surfing on a day that heads into its final four-day stretch of surf, skate and BMX competitions, art, music and an interactive village at the pier.

Also securing spots into the Women's Round 3 were Silvana Lima (Brazil), Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), Carissa Moore (Hawaii), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) and Pauline Ado (France) each of whom won heats Tuesday.

Fitzgibbons, who surfed the fifth of six Women's heats, posted the top two-wave score of 16.70 Tuesday.

"I'm really excited and it's really important to win that first heat and get an automatic spot in that third round," said Conlogue, who is ranked No. 4 in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals Women's World Title rankings. "I felt good out there and I felt like I was in sync with the sets. The surf was pretty good."

The Women's Round 3 heats start at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The Women's Round 4 heats are Friday, quarterfinal heats are Saturday, and the Women's US Open semifinals and final are Sunday.

US Open of Surfing Schedule

Wednesday

7:30-10:30 a.m.: Women's Round 2 (heats 1-6), Surf Stadium

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Vans US Open Retail Store & Merchandise Kiosks Open, Retail Store

9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Off The Wall Pass Opens, Photo Booths

9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Vans Open Skate, Public Bowl

9-11 a.m.: BMX Practice, Concrete Bowl

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Men's Round 2 (heats 7-12), Surf Stadium

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Girls' Skate Practice, Concrete Bowl

Noon- 1p.m.: Autograph Signing (Pro Skater, X Games gold medalist, Manny Santiago), iON Booth

1-3 p.m.: Girls' Skate Contest, Vans Pro Bowl

1:30-2:50 p.m.: Junior Men: Quarterfinals (heats 1-4), Surf Stadium

2:50-3:30 p.m.: Junior Women, Semifinals (heats 1-2), Surf Stadium

3-4 p.m.: Autograph Signing (Pro Skater, X Games gold medalist, Manny Santiago) iON Booth

3-6 p.m.: Skate Practice, Concrete Bowl

Thursday

7:30-11:30 a.m.: Men's Round 3 (heats 1-8), Surf Stadium

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Vans US Open Retail Store & Merchandise Kiosks Open

9 a.m.-1 p.m.: BMX Practice

9 a.m.-4 p.m..: Off The Wall Pass Opens, Photo Booths

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Vans Open Skate, Public Bowl

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Women's Round 3 (heats 1-4), Surf Stadium

1-4 p.m.: Skate Practice, Concrete Bowl

1:30-2:40 p.m.: Junior Men Quarterfinals (heats 1-4), Surf Stadium

2:30-3:05 p.m.: Life Rolls on Expression Session, Surf Stadium

4-7 p.m.: The Faint, Twin Shadow, FMLYBND, House of Vans Stage

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Friday

7:30-11:30 a.m.: Men's Round 4 (heats 1-8), Surf Stadium

8 a.m.-7 p.m.: Vans US Open Retail Store & Merchandise Kiosks Open

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Vans Open Skate, Public Bowl

9 a.m.-4 p.m..: Off The Wall Pass Opens, Photo Booths

9 a.m.-noon: BMX Practice, Concrete Bowl

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Women's Quarterfinals (heats 1-4), Surf Stadium

Noon-2 p.m. BMX Qualifier, Vans Pro Bowl

1:30-3 p.m.: Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational presented by Pacifico (Longboard), Quarterfinals, Surf Stadium

2-4 p.m.: Skate Practice, Concrete Bowl

3-3:45 p.m.: Life Rolls On Expression Session, Surf Stadium

4-7 p.m.: Modest Mouse and Matt Costa, House of Vans Stage

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Saturday

8 a.m.-noon: Mens, Round 5 (heats 1-8) Surf Stadium

8 a.m.-7 p.m.: Vans US Open Retail Store & Merchandise Kiosks Open

9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Off The Wall Pass Opens, Photo Booths

9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Vans Open Skate, Public Bowl

9 a.m.-noon: Skate Practice, Concrete Bowl

11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Event Shuttle Service Loop, Edison High and Huntington Beach High

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational presented by Pacifico (Longboard), Semifinals and Finals, Surf Stadium

Noon-12:30 p.m.: King of the Skateparks BMX Tribute Jam, Concrete Bowl

12:30-2 p.m.: BMX Practice, Concrete Bowl

1:30-1:55 p.m.: Junior Women Semifinals, Surf Stadium

1:55-2:45 p.m.: Junior Men Semifinals, Surf Stadium

2-3 p.m.: BMX Final, Vans Pro Bowl

2:45-3:15 p.m.: Vans US Open of Surfing Jr. Women's Final, Surf Stadium

3-4 p.m.: Skate Practice, Concrete Bowl

3:15-3:45 p.m.: Vans US Open of Surfing Jr. Men's Final, Surf Stadium

3:45-4:15 p.m.: Vans US Open of Surfing Awards, Jr. Women and Jr. Men, Surf Stadium

4-6 p.m.: Skate Qualifiers, Vans Pro Bowl

7-9 p.m.: Joel Tudor Documentary Film Premiere, 5th Street/The Strand-Shorebreak

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Sunday

8 a.m.-7 p.m.: Vans US Open Retail Store & Merchandise Kiosks Open

8-10 a.m.: Mens Quarterfinals (heats 1-4), Surf Stadium

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Vans Open Skate, Public Bowl

9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Event Shuttle Service Loop, Edison High and Huntington Beach High

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Off The Wall Pass Opens, Photo Booths

10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Skate Practice, Concrete Bowl

10-11 a.m.: Women's Semifinals, Surf Stadium

11 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Mens Semifinals, Surf Stadium

12:10-12:45 p.m.: Vans Women's US Open of Surfing Final, Surf Stadium

12:45-1:20 p.m.: Vans Men's US Open of Surfing Final, Surf Stadium

1-2:30 p.m.: Van Doren Invitational Skate Semifinal, Vans Pro Bowl

1:20-1:50 p.m.: Vans US Open of Surfing Awards, Women and Men, Surf Stadium

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Van Doren Invitational Skate Final, Vans Pro Bowl

3:45-4:10 p.m.: Cardiel Cash Skate Best Trick, Concrete Bowl

4:10-4:30 p.m.: Skate Awards, Concrete Bowl