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Bianca Buitendag charges into quarterfinals at Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Australia

April 19th, 2015
Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, South Africa) carves a backhand bottom-turn on a double overhead wave at Main Break on her way to the quarterfinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Sunday  Image: © WSL / Cestari

Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, South Africa) carves a backhand bottom-turn on a double overhead wave at Main Break on her way to the quarterfinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Sunday  Image: © WSL / Cestari

South African Bianca Buitendag charged her way through three gruelling 30 minute heats in double overhead waves at Main Break to reach the quarterfinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia on Sunday.

After the men’s Semifinalists in the third Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) event of the year had been decided in giant surf at the Box and Main Break on Saturday, organisers opted to run three rounds of Women’s competition earlier today, reducing the field of the world’s best female surfers from 18 to just eight.

Buitendag started her campaign in the first heat of the day where she posted a pair of 7 point rides to edge Nikki van Dijk (AUS) and progress to a three-woman, Round 3 clash with Tyler Wright (AUS) and Courtney Conlogue (USA). Despite recording the highest single ride of that encounter – 8.83 out of 10 – Buitendag’s second ride was a mid-range 4.37 which saw her finish third in that heat and facing a Round 4 duel with Silvana Lima (BRA) for a place in the Quarters.

The 21 year-old from Victoria on the Cape South coast started strongly against Lima, racking up successive 8 point rides through the middle of the duel. This put her opponent into a combination situation where the Brazilian needed to improve on both her scores, which she only managed to do in the last minute and was left needing another excellent 8.72 for the victory.

Following 13th and 9th place finishes in the opening two events of the 2015 WSL CT, Buitendag has reached the last eight in an event for the first time this season. When competition resumes she will take on Malia Manuel (HAW) with the winner advancing to the Semis.

Those who progressed directly to the Quarterfinals by winning their Round 3 match-ups earlier today were current ratings leader Carissa Moore (HAW), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Manuel and Tyler Wright (AUS). They were joined by Round 4 winners Lakey Peterson (USA), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Buitendag.

“For me, I never let my foot off the gas in a heat,” Moore, the two-time defending event champion said. “These girls they’re too good and are capable of getting two tens. I’m feeling really psyched to be on tour at the moment with these girls and I feel like I’ve got nothing to lose. Life can’t get any better.”

Reigning WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was forced to withdraw from the competition following a knee injury sustained during a freesurf yesterday. More scans are required before she will know full extent of the injury but she’s hopeful of returning to competition at the next event in Brazil. Conlogue received a ‘walk-thru’ into the Quarterfinals following Gilmore’s exit.

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro runs from April 15 – 26, 2015. Watch the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of professional surfing live at WorldSurfLeague.com starting at approximately 1am SA Time daily.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Round 2 Results (1st to R3, 2nd = 13th):
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.80 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.90
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.74 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.66
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.60 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 6.80
Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 16.50 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 15.50
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 18.30 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 8.44
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.83 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 8.73

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Round 3 Results (1st to QF, 2nd & 3rd to R4):
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.80, Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.00, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.67
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 19.23, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 17.26, Johanne Defay (FRA) 15.77
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.53, Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.40, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 00.00 *Did not surf
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.97, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.20, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.20

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Round 4 Results (1st to QF, 2nd = 9th):
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 17.16 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.00
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 17.26 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.13
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 17.44 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.40
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) *Heat did on surf

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Quarterfinal Match-ups:
QF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
QF 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Semifinal Match-ups:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)


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