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Bianca, Jordy in super surfing form in California
- Updated: September 12, 2014
South Africans Bianca Buitendag (George) and Jordy Smith (Durban) were amongst the top performers on a day of major upsets at the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) events run in excellent one to 1.5 metre waves at Trestles in Southern California on Thursday.
Buitendag posted an excellent heat total of 17.73 (out of 20), the highest of the day, while defeating dangerous Australian rookie Dimity Stoyle in their Round Four heat in the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles. The South African progressed to the quarter-finals of the seventh stop on the 2014 ASP Women’s WCT where she will face current ASP World No2, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) when competition resumes.
“Everyone has been surfing really well but I’ve had a good year starting with a great result at Snapper (Rocks, the first event of 2014),” said Buitendag. “I knew I had to step it up but this wave really, really suits my surfing.”
Californian Lakey Peterson caused a major upset when she eliminated reigning two-time ASP women’s world champion, Hawaiian Carissa Moore, in their Round Four encounter. Moore will lose her lead at the top of the rankings with just three events remaining in the 2014 season.
Jordy Smith was equally impressive in winning his Round One match-up in the Hurley Pro, Stop No8 of 11 on the 2014 ASP WCT. Using his patented combination of progressive manoeuvres, Smith relegated Tiago Pires of Puerto Rico and Aussie Josh Kerr to cut-throat Round Two encounters while advancing directly to Round Three himself.
Travis Logie (Durban) placed second behind Australian Adrian Buchan in his Round One clash where defending event champion Taj Burrow or Australia finished third. Logie will be up against Trestles local and current ASP No8, Kolohe Andino of America, in Round Two.
Wildcards were responsible for huge upsets. Tanner Gudauskas (US) banished 11-time ASP World Champion and six-time Trestles winner Kelly Slater (US) to Round Two and Carlos Munoz, the first Costa Rican to compete in an ASP WCT event, narrowly outscored current rankings leader Gabriel Medina (BRA) with an outstanding last-minute ride.