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Bianca Buitendag @ ASP/Robertson



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Bianca Buitendag third in Hunter Ports Women’s Classic

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 February, 2014 - South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag employed her trademark vertical backhand manoeuvres to clinch third place in the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic, a 6-Star rated ASP Qualifying Series (QS) event in Newcastle, Australia. 

Buitendag was in sparkling form, winning three of the four heats she contested on her way to the semi-finals before bowing out to Alessa Quizon (HAW) by 11.83 vs. 14.50. The 20 year-old from George collected US $1 900 (about 21 000) and 2 080 points which moved her up to No. 7 on the ASP Women’s QS rankings after three events.
The confidence boosting performance was ideal preparation for Buitendag’s campaign on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s WCT which gets underway at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Queensland on 1 March. In 2013 she finished her inaugural year at the highest level ranked No. 8 and was crowned the Rookie of the Year.
The Hunter Ports Women’s Classic was won by Malia Manuel who defeated fellow Hawaiian Alessa Quizon in the final. SA’s Sarah Baum (Durban) finished equal 13th and Faye Zoetmulder ended equal 67th.
The Burton Toyota Pro, a 6-Star ASP QS men’s event, which ran in conjunction with the women’s event as part of the 2014 Surfest Newcastle Australia, was won by Matt Banting who beat fellow Australian Nathan Hedge in the final earlier today.
Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and David van Zyl (Durban) were the highest placed South Africans in equal 17th place with US $2 000 and 625 points each. Slade Prestwich (Durban) ended equal 49th, Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) were equal 73rd and Michael February (Kommetjie) placed equal 97th.
Lightfoot also reached the quarter-finals of the Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior, finishing equal 13th overall.

ASP Qualifying Series Rankings (After Newcastle)
1          De Souza,Adriano   BRA    6564
2          Banting,Matt AUS    3729
3          Hedge,Nathan          AUS    3470
4          Hermes,Tomas         BRA    3000
5          Martin,Charles          GLP    2716
South Africans
42        De Vries,Beyrick      ZAF    1005
51        Van Zyl,David           ZAF    855
81        Staples,Dale            ZAF    610
89        February,Michael     ZAF    536
93        Prestwich,Slade       ZAF    500
155     Lightfoot,Dylan         ZAF    190
1          Manuel,Malia            HAW   5580
2          Quizon,Alessa          HAW   5280
3          Moore,Carissa          HAW   3500
4          Melamed,Nage         HAW   3120
5          Le Car,Maud             FRA    3000
South Africans
7          Buitendag,Bianca    ZAF    2460
16        Baum,Sarah            ZAF    1570
62        Zoetmulder,Faye      ZAF    433

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