About Bianca Buitendag
Bianca Buitendag spent her formative years in Victoria Bay, a picturesque cove hidden along the West Cape between Jeffreys Bay and Cape Town that’s home to a playful righthander. Her most treasured memories are being awakened early to go explore the surrounding coast with her father and brothers.
She spoke only Afrikaans until she was 12 when her parents put her in English school. By 14, she was traveling along the South African coast to compete, and the speed and vertical angle of attack she was exhibiting with her tall frame made her an immediate standout. At 19, she finished No. 2 on the Qualifying Series thanks to two big wins in Peru and the Azores and joined the Championship Tour in 2013.
She finished her rookie season as the World No. 8 and did one better the following year after runner-up finishes at Snapper and Honolua Bay. Her father Colin, a well-known South African surfer, was by her side the whole way, as he had been from the beginning. But in March of 2015, Bianca’s entire world was shattered when Colin died. The pain was unbearable, and in her darkest hours she questioned everything she knew and believed, but surfing slowly brought her out of despair. The contests were a welcome distraction, and her family of peers on Tour drowned her in love.
Operating on a higher plane, Bianca went on the tear of her life, finishing runner-up in Rio, Fiji, and California on the way to her World No. 4 finish. Unfortunately, the momentum didn’t carry into 2016. Though she returned to the Semis in Fiji, a series of early-round losses midway through the year dropped her to No. 12, and she fell off Tour.
Bianca earned a couple of fifth-place finishes competing as an injury replacement in 2017, but despite her incredible talent she failed to retain her full-time Tour status. In 2019 she did however secure Olympic qualification through her performances at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games. Following Jordy Smith’s absence due to injury, she traveled to Tokyo as South Africa’s sole competitor in surfing.
Women's CT 2019#26
|Year||Rank||Points||Events||Heats||Max heat score||Best result|
First season2008 Women's QS
Age29 Nov 9, 1993
Height6 ft, 1 in 185 cm
Weight165 lbs 75 kg
HometownVictoria Bay, South Africa