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Bianca Buitendag Is the 2012 SATA Airlines Azores Pro Champ

Bianca Buitendag, the rising South African surf star, has claimed the 2012 SATA Airlines Azores Pro title in clean 2-3 Feet surf at Praia de Santa Bárbara Sao Miguel, Azores Islands. She faced Pauline Ado (FRA) in the finals and managed to defeat her.

Bianca dominated the entire event, as well as the finals. She started with an incredible 9.5 out of 10 in the very first heat of the event and continued hitting amazing scores. She proved to be very determined and had a progressive evolution.

The young and talented surfer has already secured her spot on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour for the 2013 season before this event, but the SATA Airlines Azores Pro win gives her much needed confidence after a bad start in Australia this year, as she states: “I feel great! I started really bad in Australia this year, so when I went to Peru it was kind of no pressure and I got a win there! It was just way beyond my expectations and getting two wins in one year is just plain crazy so I’m stoked! It’s the most heats I’ve surfed in a day for sure, I think 6 since 7:30 this morning. My mom’s been feeding me all-day orange juice, chocolate everything she could find that helped! When I got into the final, I was just like ‘I didn’t surf five heats for nothing’, and I just wanted to do my best for 20 more minutes!”

Complete event results:

SATA AIRLINES AZORES PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 - Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.76
2 - Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.90

SATA AIRLINES AZORES PRO SEMI-FINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.83 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 9.77
Heat 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.44 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 7.53

SATA AIRLINES AZORES PRO QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.00 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.67
Heat 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 9.67 def. Georgia Fish (AUS) 6.63
Heat 3: Pauline Ado (FRA) 15.23 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 7.43
Heat 4: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 14.93 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.17