South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag posted a massive score of 16.65 out of a possible 20 in the final to win the women’s event in the CHIKO Pro Junior at Mereweather beach in Newcastle, Australia earlier today.
The 18 year-old from George in the Southern Cape defeated Ellie-Jean Coffey (QLD/AUS) by using superior wave selection criteria in the final.
While both surfers had scores in the excellent range, Buitendag chose to stay busy, recording five rides, including two in the 8.0 point range, by surfing the inside waves and leaving the increasingly sporadic bigger set waves to her opponent, who only managed two rides despite holding priority for the last quarter of the match-up.
“Sometimes having priority gives pressure to hold on for the bombs,” Buitendag said. “I didn’t have priority so I just surfed the inside and ended up getting great waves and the rights formed up really well.
“I’m really stoked with this result,” Buitendag added. “It’s going to really boost my confidence going into the ASP 6-Star Hunter Ports Women’s Classic next week. I surf against these girls a lot and I know what to expect, I just tried to do my best and it worked out for me. The waves have been pumping, it’s been on fire the last few days!”
Buitendag was on fire throughout the final day of the event, which featured 48 of the world’s best female surfers aged 20-and-under.
She produced a score of 14.90 in ousting Johanne Defay (FRA) in their quarter-final clash and 16.50, including a 9.50 out 10, one of the top 10 scores of both the men’s and women’s events combined, in leaving highly rated Australian Nikki van Dijk combo’d in their semi-final.
Chiko Pro Junior Final:Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.65 def. Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 14.50
Chiko Pro Junior Semi-Final:SF1. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.50 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.50 SF2. Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 17.0 def. Kirsten Ogden (AUS) 6.10
Chiko Pro Junior Quarter-Final:QF1. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.25 def. Naomi Stevic (AUS) 7.30 QF2. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.90 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.50 QF3. Kirsten Ogden (AUS) 9.50 def. Audrey Styman-Lane (AUS) 5.60 QF4. Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 15.0 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.50