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Bianca Buitendag wins Movistar Women’s Pro Peru

Bianca Buitendag © ASP South America

Movistar Women's Pro
Presented by Rip Curl Petrolera Sapet

ASP Women´s 6-Star event
ASP South America Women´s Series event
Lobitos, Piura Peru
24 - 28 July 2012

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Buitendag beats out Blanchard to claim ASP 6-Star event in South America

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 July, 2012 : - - Lobitos, Piura Peru -- Waves in the 2-3 foot range (1 meter) were on hand Saturday for the final day of the ASP 6-Star Movistar Women’s Pro presented by Rip Curl and Petrolera Sapet at the lefthand pointbreak of Lobitos, in Piura, Peru.

Bianca Buitendag, 18, (ZAF) defeated Alana Blanchard, 22, (HAW), by displaying a powerful frontside attack to clinch her victory and win U$ 8,000 in prize money and 3,500 points, moving her up to 5th place on the ASP World Star ranking. Six surfers on the ASP World Star rating qualify for the group of top-17 ASP Women´s Tour.
Bianca Buitendag scored a heat wave total of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20) by scoring a 7.0 and an 8.0 on her two best rides over Blanchard’s 12.90 on her two highest scoring waves (7.9 and 5.0). Buitendag sealed her victory by catching a long lefthander where she showed a variety of snaps, cutbacks and roundhouses.
“I feel really emotional and very happy with my victory,” said Bianca Buitendag. “I never thought that I would make it past the Quarter-Finals, let alone past Sofia (Mulanovich) in the Semi-Finals. So to make it to the Finals and win the contest is such an incredible feeling. Alana (Blanchard) surfed really well, the waves were excellent throughout the whole week and this is the most important moment for me in my early career.”
By surfing on her backside, Blanchard was not able to keep up with the Buitendag’s rhythm throughout the Final heat. However, her Runner-Up finish in Peru secured U$ 4,000 and 2,640 points which places her in 10th place on the ASP World Star ranking and remains in the race for qualification for the 2013 ASP Women’s Tour.
“This was such a fun contest and I’m thankful for making it to the Finals,” said Alana Blanchard. “It’s a shame I never got a good second wave to backup my score, but Bianca (Buitendag) was unstoppable throughout the entire event and she deserved the victory. This was my best result so far this season and I hope this event remains on the calendar for years because the waves are spectacular and it was a great experience for all of the surfers that participated in the contest.”
Buitendag’s path to the Finals at the Movistar Women’s Pro was filled with obstacles. She defeated Philippa Anderson (AUS), 20, in the Quarter-Finals and followed by taking out the event favorite, 2004 ASP Women’s Tour champion, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) with his best performance on the last day, almost beating the records of the Peruvian in the semifinals.
“It was an excellent contest with good waves all week and I’d like to thank the Peruvian fans for all of the support they showed me,” said Mulanovich. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the Finals, but congratulations to Bianca (Buitendag) who surfed well during the whole contest and deserved to be in the Finals. I’m sure this 3rd place finish gives me some good ASP Star ranking points and now it’s time to start thinking about the event next week at Huntington Beach.”
The Movistar Women’s Pro was event number 6 (out of 11) of the 2012 ASP Women’s World Star Series. The next event will be held from August 9-12 at Oceanside, California, right after the final event of the 2012 ASP Women’s Tour during July 30-August 5th at Huntington Beach. The remaining ASP 6-Star events will be held in Europe on consecutive weeks. The first will be held in Spain from September 12-16 and the following two will be in Portugal, in Estoril from September 21-23 and the last event will be on the Azores Islands from September 27-30, where the top six athletes on the ASP World Star Series will qualify for the 2013 ASP Women’s Tour.
The 2012 ASP Movistar Women’s Pro presented by Rip Curl and Petrolera Sapet and is brought to you by Nosotras, Sony, Powerade, Tasa, Alojamiento Peru Hosting, Barena, Star Peru, Burn, Ron Cartavio, San Jose Rent a Car, Tablas Wayo Whilar, Xtreme Fujita Japan, Cirujano Roberto Valdivia, Mapfre Seguros and Estructuras Aro.
 1st – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) – 15.00 (8.0+7.0) – US$ 8,000 and 3.500 points
 2nd – Alana Blanchard (HAW) – 12.90 (7.9+5.0) – US$ 4,000 and 2.640 points
MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO SEMI-FINALS RESULTS – 3th place – US$ 1,900 and 2.080 points:
 SF 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.25 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 15.50
 SF 2: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 13.95 def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 11.40
MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS – 5th place – US$ 1,100 and 1.560 points:
 QF 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 16.15 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 7.65
 QF 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.60 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.76
 QF 3: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 14.80 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 13.60
 QF 4: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 12.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.90

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CURRENT ASP WOMEN´S WORLD RANKING – TOP 10 (After Movistar Women´s Pro):

1 Conlogue,Courtney  USA 9730
2 Manuel,Malia HAW 8280
3 Fitzgibbons,Sally  AUS 7000
4 Erickson,Sage  USA 6750
5 Buitendag,Bianca  ZAF 6663
6 Woods,Rebecca  AUS 6530
7 Ado,Pauline FRA 5980
8 Hareb,Paige  NZL 5910
9 Mulanovich,Sofia  PER 5640
10 Blanchard,Alana  HAW 5400
11 Arnaud,Alizee FRA 5233
12 Baum,Sarah  ZAF 5220
13 Enever,Laura  AUS 4290
14 Van Dijk,Nikki AUS 3930
15 Anderson,Philippa  AUS 3920
16 Defay,Joanne FRA 3680
17 Palmateer,Felicity  AUS 3543
18 Quizon,Alessa HAW 3048
19 Stoyle,Dimity  AUS 3036
20 Wright,Kirby  AUS 3000
21 Silva,Jacqueline  BRA 2959
22 Macaulay,Laura  AUS 2873
23 Melamed,Nage  HAW 2710
24 Pellizzari,Ornella  ARG 2603
25 Fish,Georgia  AUS 2556
26 Peterson,Lakey USA 2480
27 Naraisa,Suelen BRA 2283
28 Gomez,Anali PER 2256
29 Sanchez,Amandine FRA 2090
30 Hurst,Leila  HAW 2080
31 Le Tallec,Anne Cecile FRA 1930
32 Nicholl,Brittani AUS 1906
33 Hodge,Rosanne  ZAF 1831
34 Prumm,Freya  AUS 1820
35 Hamilton,Bethany  HAW 1778
36 Curren,Lee Ann FRA 1743
37 Stevic,Naomi  AUS 1713
38 Le Car,Maud FRA 1691
39 Barona,Dominic ECU 1613
40 Hosseini,Erica  USA 1580
41 Bulard,Cannelle REU 1570
42 Gilmore,Stephanie AUS 1560
42 Moore,Carissa  HAW 1560
44 Atherton,Nicola  AUS 1550
45 Hundley,Jordan USA 1466
46 Beardmore,Sarah  GBR 1450
47 Schmitz,Bruna  BRA 1363
48 Ho,Coco  HAW 1300
49 Omura,Nao JPN 1260
50 Klein,Codie AUS 1230
50 Santos,Francisca PRT 1230

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Source: ASP South America

Author: Gabriel Gontijo / ASP South America

Tags: ASP Women's Star Events, Peru, Lobitos, South America, Women's Events

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