South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag relied on great wave selection and great form en route to another excellent heat total and a Quarterfinal berth at the 2014 Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles in California on Thursday, 11 September 2014
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South African Bianca Buitendag started out strong with a 9-pointer than put her in the lead. As the arguable dark horse of the competition, she worked her backhand hacks in crumbly waves.
Aussie Dimity Stoyle tallied two midrange scores, but left her trailing her opponent.
After the midway point, Buitendag backed up her 9-pointer with a 6.60, putting Stoyle in a combo situation where she needed two new scores to catch up.
Buitendag again scored big, with an 8.63, and putting further pressure on her opponent. Stoyle made a valiant effort to fight back, with a solid frontside ride.
Stoyle earned a 7.03 before it was over, but it wasn’t enough to keep her in the game. Buitendag won and advanced.
“I made the biggest mistake,” said Stoyle. “I paddled for the first wave of the set. I missed the wave, and the one behind it, Bianca got that 9-pointer on it.
“I was pretty frustrated with myself. I tried to shake it off. I loosened up toward the end of the heat, but I missed my opportunity. I knew it was going to be a tight battle between us.”
Selected Results of Stop Seven on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles: Round 1, Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag 17.36 Lakey Peterson 16.10 Johanne Defay 11.00 Round 3, Heat 4: Tyler Wright 17.43 Alessa Quizon 14.24 Bianca Buitendag 12.50 Round 4, Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag 17.73 Dimity Stoyle 15.13
Photo 1 caption: George surfer Bianca Buitendag displays her trademark vertical backhand attack, on her way to the quarterfinals of the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles in California on Friday, 12 September, 2014. Photo: ASP / Rowland
(With editing by gsport)