Bianca Buitendag cruises into quarter-finals of ASP 6-Star Hunter Ports Women’s Classic in Australia
Bianca Buitendag, 19, (George) cruised into the last eight in the ASP 6-Star rated Hunter Ports Women’s Classic held in crumbling one metre waves at Mereweather Beach in Newcastle, Australia earlier today
Buitendag posted a comfortable victory in her Round of 24 heat before finishing second behind Alessa Quizon (HAW) and eliminated ASP World Junior Champion Nikki van Dyk (AUS) in the Round of 12 to set up a quarter-final encounter against Lakey Peterson (USA), who was the day’s standout performer.
The South African’s confidence-boosting performances at Newcastle are an excellent warm-up for her debut on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) which gets underway on the Gold Coast on 2 March. There she will be up against the world’s top 17 ranked women in the race for the 2013 world title.
Stephanie Gilmour (AUS), the five-time and reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, was a surprise elimination today when she placed fourth in her Round 24 clash.
South Africans Sarah Baum (25th) and Rosanne Hodge (37th) were ousted in yesterday’s action while Faye Zoetmulder (49th) was sidelined on the opening day of competition.
Hunter Ports Women’s Classic Round of 12:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.60, Dimity Stoyle (Aus) 14.70, Alize Arnaud (Fra) 7.4
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 15.43, Pauline Ado (Fra) 13.93, Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 9.70
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 18.70, Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 10.93, Laura Enever (Aus) 8.27
Heat 4: Alessa Quizon (Haw) 14.70, Bianca Buitendag (Zaf) 12.20, Nikki Van Dijk (Aus) 7.20
Hunter Ports Women’s Classic Round of 24:
Heat 1: Dimity Stoyle (Aus) 17, Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 12.07, Nage Melamed (Haw)9.33, Tatiana Western-Webb (Haw)
Heat 2: Alize Arnaud (Fra) 15.17, Sage Erickson (USA) 14.67, Canelle Ballard (Reu) 11.07, Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) 9.80
Heat 3: Pauline Ado (Fra) 16.10, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.54, Johanne Defay (Fra) 11.90, Keely Andrew (Aus) 11.50
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.04, Alessa Quizon (Haw) 12.23, Felicity Palmateer (Aus) 7.90, Ellie-Jean Coffey (Aus) 7.80
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 17.10, Nikki Van Dijk (Aus) 11.14, Brittani Nicholl (Aus) 5.90, Stephanie Single (Aus) 5.23
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (Zaf) 12.53, Laura Enever (Aus) 11.90, Bronte Macaulay (Aus) 11.36, Philippa Anderson (Aus) 6.40
Sawyer, de Vries and van Zyl eliminated from Burton Toyota Pro
Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay), Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and David van Zyl (Glenashley) have been eliminated from the ASP 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro which is running in conjunction with the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic as part of the Newcastle Surfest in Australia
Sawyer and de Vries finished equal 75th when they placed fourth in their respective Round of 96 heats earlier today, collecting 160 ratings points and US $500 (about R4 250) each. Van Zyl ended equal 97th when he came in 3rd in his Round of 144 heat on Monday.
Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) and Mikey February (Kommetjie), the two remaining Saffas in the event, will contest their Round of 96 heats when competition resumes.
Joel Parkinson (AUS) made a successful return to competition surfing after winning his maiden ASP World Title in Hawaii in December when he charged to victory in his Round of 96 heat. Only nine heats of men’s surfing were completed today with 2012 event runner-up Filipe Toledo (BRA) one of the standouts with his high-flying aerial repertoire.
Burton Toyota Pro Round of 96
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (Aus) 17.0, Matt Lewis Hewitt (NZ) 13.23, Wade Carmichael (Aus) 9.14, Steven Sawyer (Zaf) 8.77
Heat 2: Joan Duru (Fra) 16.77, Tomas Hermes (Bra) 15.8, Hiroto Ohhara (Jpn) 11.37, Beyrick De Vries (Zaf) 9.23
Heat 3: Tiago Pires (PRT) 16.17, Oney Anwar (IND)11.67, Michael Powell (USA) 10.17 Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 7.70
Heat 4: Felipe Toledo (Bra) 14.7, Bino Lopes (Bra) 12, Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.60, Billy Stairmand (NZ)
Heat 5: Kalani David (HAW) 15.7, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.87, Nobuyuki Osawa (Jpn) 10.33, Jay Quinn (NZ) 11.87
Heat 6: Santiago Muniz (Arg), Jesse Adam (Aus), Jack Freestone (Aus), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 7: Charles Martin (GLP) 14.34, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 13.34, Frederico Morais (PRT) 9.03, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 8.07
Heat 8: Mark Lacomare (Fra) 14.33 , Maxime Huscenot (Fra) 13.77, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.13, Caio Ibelli (Bra) 4.13
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (Aus) 17.40, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.20, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 10.69, Matt Banting (AUS) 10.02
All the action at the Newcastle Surfest can be watched live at http://surfest.prosurfinglive.com/
Pictured: Bianca Buitendag, 19, (George) breaks her fins free as she carves off the top of a wave on her way to the quarter-finals of the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic at Mereweather Beach in Newcastle, Australia
Photo: ASP / Will H-S
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