Bianca Buitendag © ASP/Rowland
Young South African wins with near perfect heat
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 July, 2013 : - - Bianca Buitendag cemented her growing reputation as one of the world’s top female surfers when she won the Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior Women’s title in front of massive crowds at Huntington Beach in California on Saturday.
The 19 year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape dominated the final of the 20-and-under, ASP 4-Star rated event, posting three of the top four single ride scores of the entire event, including a near perfect 9.27 out of 10 and amassing a heat total of 18.10 out of 20.
"I'm really happy," Buitendag said. "I had tough competitors in that heat and Nikki (Van Dijk) and I have been competing against each other for the last two years. I knew I had to pull out my A game and it was a relief after getting knocked out of the quarter-finals of the women's event this morning.”
“I'm lucky that I got that first set. It put me in to a good frame of mind. Winning this event means a lot to me, there are so many people watching and so many people excited about women's surfing."
Currently No. 8 on the ASP Women’s WCT rankings, Buitendag also continued her stellar rookie season at the elite level of women’s surfing by reaching the quarter-finals of the Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s event before being eliminated by current ASP No. 1 Tyler Wright (AUS).
The South African finished equal fifth overall, earning US $6 500 (about R65 000) and a priceless 5 200 ranking points that virtually guarantee her qualification for the 2014 ASP Women’s WCT season with just two events remaining this year.
Vans US Open of Surfing Women's Pro Junior Results
1 - Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) 18.10
2 - Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 16.20
3 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.27
4 - Frankie Harrer (USA) 8.74
Author: Colin Fitch
Tags: Bianca Buitendag, South Africa, Women's World Tour