South Africa’s lone representative on the ASP’s Women’s World Championship Tour joined the world’s best surfers at Southern California’s Lower Trestles to contest the 2014 ASP World Title at the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles on Tuesday, 9 September 2014.
Buitendag started the opening day in sublime form in 3-to-5-foot faces at Lower Trestles.
Round 1 Heat 6 had a long lull and a restart was called 10 minutes in after the session’s start provided nothing to ride, and it was a bit of a wait after the horn blew, but Santa Barbara native and World No. 6 Lakey Peterson finally put up a significant score when she threw her signature hacks to earn a 5.67.
Bianca Buitendag and Johanne Defay had slower starts.
Watch Round 1, Heat 6 of the 2014 Swatch Womens Pro on Youtube
Around the 20 minute mark, the South African broke out, using excellent wave selection to manage a string of massive backside hacks. The combination scored her a 9.03. Peterson had a solid ride herself and her two-wave total reversed the lead change.
Buitendag answered back with an 8.33 for the second lead change. With three minutes on the clock, Peterson sat out the back, waiting for a set wave that would earn her an 8.94 or better to move the needle.
She found a big wave but took off too deep and couldn’t get into a section. Defay tried again as well, dropping into a set wave, but it closed out and left her riding out the white water.
Having won Round 1, Buitendag was promoted to Round 3 Heat 4 to face Tyler Wright and Alessa Quizon.
An early exchange kicked off the heat action shortly after the horn. While Alessa Quizon and Bianca Buitendag found themselves slightly behind on their timing, Tyler Wright registered an excellent 8.83 for a long ride on her forehand that included multiple carves under the lip and a finishing vertical snap.
The ensuing lull kept Quizon and Buitendag out of the lead with smaller scores and just a tenth of a point between them.
Watch Round 3, Heat 4 of the 2014 Swatch Womens Pro on Youtube
As the clock ticked down to the halfway mark, each took off on backhand rides, again registering similar, midrange scores with a slightly higher score going to the Hawaiian.
The backup numbers put them temporarily ahead of Wright but the Australian found another excellent-range score using another combination of forehand snaps through the lip. Coming off of a win at the Vans US Open of Surfing in July, Wright kept up her momentum, and won the heat.
Buitendag faces Dimity Stoyle in the elimination Round 4’s Heat 3 to continue for a place in the final eight at Trestles.
Selected Results on Day 1 of Stop Seven on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles, on Tuesday, 9 September 2014: 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
(With editing by gsport)