South African surfer, Bianca Buitendag, received a heart-warming guard of honour as she joined fellow Team South Africa members at OR Tambo airport on Friday, 16 July 2021, to jet off to Tokyo.
Buitendag left her hometown of Victoria Bay near George early on Friday morning supported by a guard of honour who lined the road above Victoria Bay and sent her off with cheers and the waving of South African flags.
The 27-year-old is on a journey of a lifetime, which began when she qualified for the Olympic Games at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Japan.
The surfing programme gets under way on Sunday 25 July and runs from 7am to 4.40pm when the women’s rounds one and two will take place.
Round three will take place from 7am to 2.20pm on Monday, 26 July and on Tuesday, 27 July, the quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place between 7am and 2.20pm.
The final day of surfing will take place between 8am and 11.35 am on Wednesday, 28 July, when the bronze medal matches will be followed by the gold medal matches and victory ceremonies.
The surfing schedule is subject to change depending on wave size and conditions. If conditions allow, the competition will be completed in four days as indicated above. However, if more time is required the Surfing tournament might run to August 1st.
Photo 1 Caption: South African Olympic-bound surfer, Bianca Buitendag, pictured with Team South Africa’s Greg Emslie at OR Tambo Airport on Friday, 16 July 2021. Photo: Surfing South Africa (Instagram)