As a teenager, South African Bianca Buitendag spent much of her time in Europe on the junior pro tour before heading onto the WQS tour, the gateway to the world elite. Her rise has been spectacular. She won the 2011 Billabong ASP World Junior Surfing Championship in Narrabeen, Australia, and, aged just 19, she booked her place at the top table and joined the ASP women's Top 17 for 2013.
Competing in just her fifth event at the highest level of women's pro surfing in 2013, she overcame many of the world's best female surfers to place third at Barra da Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Later in the year, she cemented her growing reputation as one of the world’s top female surfers by winning the Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior Women’s title at Huntington Beach.
Born on 9th November 1993 in Johannesburg, Bianca grew up on the beaches of False Bay near Cape Town. She was taught to surf by her father at the age of seven in the beach breaks of the Strand as well as at the Jongensfontein point break, and she was soon demonstrating rare style and poise in the waves.
Her vertical manoeuvres gives her a very high scoring ability, and when combined with a beautiful flowing style and strong mental competitiveness, it comes as no surprise that she has experienced such great success so early in her career. She says her favorite tricks are reverses and her favourite manoeuvre is a backhand off the lip.
- Age: 20
- Height: 1.85m
- Weight: 72kg
- Nationality: South Africa