Bianca Buitendag - Professional surfer - July 2017
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and where did you discover your love for the ocean,
and specially, surfing?
feel that I didn't discover it, I was born into it.
Being in the water has felt more natural than being
on land. This love is integrated into almost every
memory, and is something that could never escape me.
up, what other sports or creative endeavors were you
up, I had provincial colors in more than 5 sports.
Swimming, lifesaving, gymnastics, hockey, biathlon,
to name a few. I grew up in a household that encouraged
sporting as well as academic excellence, if the talent
was there, there was no excuse in not seeing how far
your could take it.
is it most about surfing that you enjoy?
exists without consistency, which births an intuition
and excitement not offered by any other sport. When
you cross the shoreline and attempt your first paddle,
you have no idea what to expect. It is a fight to
predict unpredictability and humble yourself to be
cradled by the wonderful ways of the sea.
do you consider your career highlights so far?
have made the finals of 5 World Tour events and ended
in the Top 4 on the World Championship rankings in
are the biggest professional and personal challenges
you have overcome?
challenges are nothing compared to the personal. Yet
it is personal trial and tribulation that fuel the
fire of competition and drives an athlete to dive
into the distraction that the sport could bring. Lets
put it into a better context- I reached my best competitive
state after my father took his own life not very long
ago. The 10 seconds you have when riding a wave is
the only moment that you can escape the unbearable
heartache, as instinct takes the reigns of your brains.
And it takes a lot of 10 seconds, and some very interesting
conversations with God when you are floating solo
in the depths of the deep blue to survive a shock
like that. It also takes a lot of 10 seconds to achieve
athletic excellence and it is just coincidence that
they could cross some sort of finishing line walking
hand in hand.
the biggest wave and longest ride you have ever had?
big waves -I am very close to someone that finds this
escape at the top of moving mountains of water, which
has inspired and given me the courage to test these
turbulent waters as well. The longest ride however
was on a trip to Peru with my dad a few years back
to an area called Chicama.
your take on big wave surfing vs competition or traditional
take is we shouldn't touch the comparison. They are
two different disciplines driven by different ambitions
- beautiful in different ways as well.
you ever survived any really big wipeouts while going
big wave surfing?
in personal trauma, I feel the body has a way to forget
what it should, so to tell you the truth, I don't
remember even if I did.
going out for a surf, do you check webcams first across
the internet, or do you just pack the board and go?
would have a rough idea of the conditions you are
heading to - Whether it is word of mouth, a call from
a friend or a quick peek online.
have been your biggest supporters in your career from
both a personal and professional perspective?
believe career supporters come and go and quickly
as you lift and drop the trophy above your head at
a prizegiving. However, it is those who believe in
the individual and heart in the reflection of the
trophy that would never disappear. And these can be
condensed to be counted on one hand for most athletes,
your favourite wetsuit and bikini brands?
have had the support of Roxy for more than 10 years,
and have been very proud and privileged to be a part
of their movement.
parts of South Africa and the world has your surfing
am 23 and have traveled more than 30 countries in
5 years, so I guess you can say it has taken me much
further than a blonde-haired kid from a coastal village
in the most southern point in Africa could ever have
you have any favourite beaches in Australia that you
have either surfed, or would like to surf at?
travelled from the Gold Coast to Bells beach in a
van in between events and I saw and surfed in some
of the most beautiful locations that I had ever laid
my eyes on.
your favourite 3 surfing films and documentaries?
am more interested in non-surf related publications.
your favourite surf tour to participate in, and why?
the event in FIJI held at the end of May every years.
Because it really does broaden any horizon and stretch
my cultural borders.
your option on the current state of women's surfing,
and do you think it has peaked, or do you feel there's
still room for the sport to grow?
be too interested in only the sporting performance
of these girls - but rather turn your gaze on the
beauty and strength of their personhood and unseen
victories. But concerning performance - It has only
started to take off. Watch this space.
chance we might see you or any of your friends in
the surfing Olympics Games?
would hope so! Its a dream come through for any athlete.
from surfing, what do you do to relax?
am studying a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and
Finance through Northeastern University while I am
on the road. So even through it may sound ironic,
this is a great escape from competitive pressures
do you most love about Mother Nature, and tell us
about some of your trips through nature via mountains,
hikes and so on?
I love most about nature is the realization that God
intended it to bring us to the ground, shake us in
humility and force us to recognize our dependence
of Him - something that we can so easily lose sight
of in the process of created and hiding inside of
self made and a false security.
your star sign, and are you true to it?
was born on November 9th?
social causes or community type projects are you involved
have been involved in projects mainly initiated and
established by friends that inspire me in the daily
as well as hmbc.co.za
to know the love, value and interest that God has
in me, and others consequently.
would you like to be most remembered for?
is not up to me.
note: A massively talented athlete and a beautiful
sole. Biaca's achievements are super impressive and
something tells us we will be hearing much more about
her in the future. As she says, Watch this space.