Professional surfer Courtney Conlogue hardly just surfs the waters of Huntington Beach for fun. She currently ranks fourth in the world in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women's World Tour, an achievement she earned from surfing her heart out since the age of four. "Surfing's pretty much 365 days," the laid-back 21-year-old Santa Ana native tells us. When she's not in the water, she's either cooking or hunting for local healthy and not-so-immunity boosting treats alike.
Understanding the life of a pro surfer presents a trying task for those who watch from the sand, but think of it this way: Conlogue is basically always training. "It's definitely nonstop," she says of her "compact schedule," adding that in the months leading up to the Tour, her world grows even more intense. Sponsored by Billabong, Swatch, Rockstar, Toyota of HB, DaKine and FCS, she can be found just about any day of the week shredding the HB Pier Southside and at the gym. "I spend a lot of time in Huntington," says the athlete-model-philanthropist. "The beach is kind of my house. I just sleep at home."
We caught up with Conlogue during one of her rare peaceful moments before she heads off to compete in the 2014 Tour to find out where in HB she fuels up for a sesh and where she replenishes post-surf. Here are her top five favorite local joints, plus a bonus pick because a handful just wasn't enough.
The Sugar Shack Cafe
It's kind of legendary. I really like the Keppler's. It's tomato and a poached egg with hollandaise sauce. It's served on an English muffin and similar to an eggs benedict but with tomato and bacon instead of ham—because I like bacon better. Their hollandaise sauce is really nice. It's not too heavy or rich. I like trying to get something that I don't make at home.
The Sugar Shack Cafe // 213 1/2 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Just to grab a quick cup of coffee before or after a surf. And a bagel. They also have The Works. It has cream cheese, tomato, avocado, Tapatio and a little pepper. Those are really good.
Java Point // Located inside Huntington Surf & Sport Pierside, 300 Pacific Coast Highway,
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
If I'm wanting just a big, massive burger as a treat, I go to Slater's 50/50 and get the 50/50 burger and create my own. I call it the Stud Muffin usually. It's really good. I love Slater's. Usually I pick garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, onions—just the basic burger stuff—and the traditional bun. And always an Arnold Palmer. That's one of my favorite drinks—anywhere.
Slater's 50/50 // 8082 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Mother's Market & Kitchen
I love going to Mother's. Mother's Kitchen has great organic, fresh food. Especially post surf, I don't like things too heavy. It's a nice, fresh meal. It's good food, from salads to their Celia's Breakfast Bowl (organic brown rice, organic black beans, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado and fresh cilantro served with two organic corn tortillas.) It's one of my favorites for breakfast.
Mother's Market & Kitchen // 19770 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
They have great acai bowls. I always get the Banzai Bowl (blended apple juice or soy milk, acai, papaya, banana and strawberries topped with granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, bee pollen, coconut shreds and honey) at Banzai Bowls. I prefer Banzai for acai bowls because they have bee pollen and strawberries. I just go crazy at Banzai.
Banzai Bowls // 222 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Nekter Juice Bar
I love Nekter Juice Bar. I go there quite often. I love The Greenie (parsley, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple). The Glow (carrot, parsley, kale, spinach, celery, lemon and ginger) will definitely make you glow. I have that thing—the lemon and the ginger and just everything in it—you feel really good. It's definitely not as strong as some of the other drinks there. They have acai bowls there as well. Nekter's definitely known for their juices. They're really good if you don't really want to have a meal or you're on the go and you just want a quick, light drink or something that's somewhat filling. You can get anything from a smoothie that's a little heavier or just a juice to refresh after a surf.
Nekter Juice Bar // 126 Main Street, Suite 102, Huntington Beach, CA 92648