South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum maintained their challenge for coveted spots on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) when they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the ASP 6-Star rated Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside in California on Saturday.
Competing in peaky 0.5 to one metre waves, Buitendag, 18, (Victoria Bay) built on her confidence-boosting victory in Peru a fortnight back by advancing through a strong field of WCT and Star Tour competitors to reach the quarterfinals at Oceanside.
There she was ousted by 2012 ASP World No. 5 Courtney Conlogue (USA), placing fifth overall and earning US $1 100 (approx. R9 000) and an invaluable 1 560 rankings points, her second highest haul of the year to date.
The result sees Buitendag maintain her No. 5 ranking on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings but with an increased lead of 773 points over sixth ranked Rebecca Woods (AUS). Six women qualify for the WCT from the Star rankings annually and with three of the four women above her in the rankings – Conlogue, Malia Manuel (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL) – having already qualified for the 2013 ASP WCT through their elite tour results, Buitendag is now effectively in second spot.
Baum, 18, (Durban) also had a great run in the Supergirl Pro, winning her opening heat ahead of Buitendag and placing second behind Conlogue to reach the last 12 where she was eliminated by ASP World No. 6 Manuel and Buitendag.
Baum earned US $900 and 920 points for her ninth place result, moving her up from No. 12 to No. 10 in the rankings. With four of those ahead of her already qualified, she currently sits in an effective sixth place and on the cusp of giving South Africa two girls amongst the world’s top 17 ranked female surfers on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT.
Compatriot Rosanne Hodge (East London), the only other South African competing at Oceanside and a former four-year WCT member, produced her best result of 2012 with a 13th place finish. Hodge placed third behind Baum and Conlogue in their Round 24 encounter, finishing 13th overall pocketing $800 and 650 points to climb to No. 28 in the rankings.
There are three 6-Star rated women’s events still be run – one each in Spain, Portugal and the finale in the Azores Islands. The next event is the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro at Pantin in Spain starting12 September.
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO FINAL
1 – Sage Erickson (USA) 14.00
2 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.00
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.53 def .Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.23
SF 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 14.03 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.26
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.50 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.00
QF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.10 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.27
QF 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.53 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.87
QF 4: Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.43
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 12 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.36, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.17, Rebecca
Woods (AUS) 11.77
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.87, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.13, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 8.70
Heat 3: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 10.83, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.70, Laura Enever (AUS) 7.93
Heat 4: Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.70, Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.97, Nage Melamed (HAW) 7.26
CURRENT ASP WOMEN´S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 (After Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro )
1 Conlogue, Courtney USA 11810
2 Erickson, Sage USA 9870
3 Manuel, Malia HAW 9840
4 Hareb, Paige NZL 8170
5 Buitendag, Bianca ZAF 7813
6 Woods, Rebecca AUS 7040
7 Fitzgibbons, Sally AUS 7000
8 Ado, Pauline FRA 6890
9 Mulanovich, Sofia PER 6050
10 Baum, Sarah ZAF 5490
South Africans (More than one event)
28: Rosanne Hodge ZAF 2481
56: Faye Zoetmulder ZAF 1140
Jordy Smith, Travis Logie and Matthew Bromley get ready for Teahupo’o in Tahiti
Jordy Smith and Travis Logie, the two South Africans who qualified amongst the world’s top 32 ranked surfers for the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), have been joined by Matthew Bromley, 20 (Kommetjie) in Tahiti as they ready themselves for the Billabong Pro Tahiti which gets underway on Thursday 16 August.
Bromley is one of 16 international surfers who have received sought after invitations to compete in the prestigious Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials. They will be joined by16 local Tahitians in the trials at the notorious surfbreak of Teahupo’o with the winner plus the highest finishing Tahitian earning the two wildcards into the main event.
Smith, currently ranked No. 8 on the ASP WCT, will be determined to halt a slide that has seen him finish third, fifth, ninth and 13th in the four events completed this year. He was injured in a controversially re-run Round 3 heat against Logie held in giant surf at Teahupo’o last year and went on to miss the next two events, finishing the year ranked No. 7.
Logie, currently on the cusp of requalification in the No. 24 position, will be looking forward to Tahiti as he went on to post a third place finish in last year’s event, his best result on the ASP WCT, which contributed substantially to him qualifying for another year amongst competitive surfing’s highest echelon.
The 12 day waiting period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti runs from 16—27 August and all the action can be followed live at www.billabongpro.com/tahiti12
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for waist to shoulder high waves until Tuesday and a better, longer-period swell from a current Tasman Sea storm scheduled to move in on Thursday, 16th, and peak Friday with chest to head high surf and inconsistent overhead sets.
Beyrick de Vries takes fifth place in Airwalk Pro Junior in France
Beyrick de Vries, 19, (Umhlanga) finished in fifth place in the Airwalk Pro Junior at Lacanau in France earlier today (Monday 13 August).
De Vries, in his final year in the Pro Junior division before turning 20 in December, turned heads with his outstanding displays in the tiny surf in France, winning all three of his heats on Day 1 of the event last Friday. He continued this form yesterday with a comfortable Round 32 heat victory and then posted a strong quarter-final win this morning.
However, de Vries only managed a third place in his semi-final encounter and was eliminated in fifth place overall.
De Vries will be joined by compatriots Davey Brand (Kommetjie) and David van Zyl (Glenashley, Durban) in the ASP 5-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro which runs from 14-19 August at the same venue.
Pictured: Beyrick de Vries, 19, (Umhlanga) demonstrates the small-wave talent that saw him winn five consecutive heats before bowing out in the semi-finals of the Airwalk Pro Junior at Lacanau in France today
Photo: Aquashot / ASP Europe
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