SA surfer wins world junior champs

11 January 2011

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag came out of nowhere to win the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships after a hard-fought final against France’s Justine Dupont in New South Wales, Australia on Tuesday.

Buitendag quietly navigated her way through the early rounds of the competition, then tore into several North Narrabeen lefthanders to eliminate France’s Alizee Arnaud in the semifinals.

Arnaud went on to finish equal third and win the overall ASP Women’s World Junior Title.

The South African goofy-footer followed her win over Arnaud with victory over Dupont in one-metre waves in the final to score the biggest victory of her young career.

‘I’m stoked’

“I’m very happy,” Buitendag said afterwards. “I don’t know how to explain it. I really wasn’t expecting this.

“I’m really happy about it and it’s the best result of my life. I’m stoked.”

She added: “My Dad has been supporting me since I was little, sitting on the beach, and without him nothing would be possible, so thanks to him.”

Dupont was also in razor-sharp form throughout the championships and eliminated defending event champion and local favorite Laura Enever in the semifinals to guarantee Arnaud’s title. In the final, however, she couldn’t find the scores she needed to stop Buitendag and had to settle for second place.

Second overall

Buitenday, from Victoria Bay on the picturesque South Cape coast, picked up 10 000 points for her victory, which helped her finish the 2010 ASP Women’s World Junior Rankings tied for second with Australia’s Tyler Wright. In addition, she pocketed $5 000 (over R34 000) for her victory.

Fellow South African Chantelle Rautenbach finished tied for 17th after losing in round two.

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Semifinals Results

  • SF 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.27 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 8.70
  • SF 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.37 def. Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 7.56
  • Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Final Results

  • 1 – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.00
  • 2 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 9.00
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