South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag had to settle for the runner-up spot in the Oakley ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Bali when she was convincingly defeated by Australia’s Nikki van Dyk in the final held in flawless 1.5 to 2.0 metre waves at Keramas in Bali on Friday.
The lanky 19 year-old from George in the Southern Cape had been a standout throughout the event which featured 18 of the world’s best 20-and-under female competitive surfers, posting the highest single ride score and the highest heat total on her way to the final.
In the final she was unable to find the best waves to execute the moves that saw her post the big scores in the early rounds and could not match van Dyk’s performance.
“I’m really happy with second,” Buitendag said. “I came here with no expectations and to finish like this has been great. I just want to thank Oakley for putting this event on, and God for giving us great surf.
“Nikki (van Dijk) surfed really well, I’m very happy for her. This event has been a great warm-up for me to get ready to surf on next year’s ASP Women’s World Championship Tour,” said Buitendag.
Van Dijk held the lead throughout the final, picking the waves that gave her the best scoring potential and using her smooth style to glide down the line and unleash some crisp and powerful carves, to become the first surfer from Victoria, Australia to win an ASP World Junior Title.
“I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt!” van Dijk said. “I was nervous the whole heat! I was shaky when I was trying to stand up, I think I was just so excited to be out there in such perfect waves. I’m so honoured to win! This is what I dream of, it’s amazing!”
Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Women’s Final: Nikki van Dijk (AUS) 13.24 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.93