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SA duo in world’s top 10 after season’s third competition
- Updated: April 18, 2016
South African’s Bianca Buitendag and Jordy Smith are both ranked in the Top 10 in their respective women’s and men’s Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tours (CT) after the third stop of the season, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia.
Buitendag (Victoria Bay) advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time this year before being eliminated by three-time WSL and reigning WSL women’s champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Her fifth place finish saw Buitendag climb from 11th to eighth on the Jeep Rankings leaderboard.
Tyler Wright (AUS) won the event, defeating defending event champion and Jeep rankings leader Courtney Conlogue (USA) in pumping 2-2.5 metre waves at the Main Break.
Durban’s Smith, who came into Margaret River ranked No3 following his runner-up result at Bells Beach, posted several powerful performances before he was ousted by Brazilian rookie Caio Ibelli in the round before the quarter-finals. Smith dropped four places to No7 on the leaderboard after finishing ninth overall in Western Australia.
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), a former elite tour competitor and injury replacement surfer on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, claimed his first CT victory in a dramatic final against Julian Wilson (AUS) .
The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Oi Rio Pro from 10-21 May.
Picture of Buitendag in action Down Under courtesy of WSL/Cestari