South African professional surfer Bianca Buitendag. She competed for South Africa in the women’s shortboard event at the 2020 Summer Olympics and brought home the silver medal.
It was on November 9th, 1993 when Buitendag entered the world. He was born in George, Western Cape, South Africa.
Bianca Buitendag Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
She grew raised in the suburbs of Cape Town, close to the shore at False Bay. At the urging of her father, she and her two brothers began surfing when she was eight years old.
She was twelve when she and her family relocated to South Africa’s Southern Cape province.
When Bianca initially started school, she only spoke Afrikaans, so her parents chose to enrol her in an English-speaking school.
The death of her father, Colin Buitendag, occurred in 2015. Despite this, she reached a personal best ranking of #4 in the world. She reached a career-high No. 12 in the world the following year.
Bianca Buitendag Wins Team SA’s Second Medal at Tokyo Olympics
South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag won the women’s surfing gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Taking home gold in the women’s final of surfing at the Tokyo Olympics, South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag became the country’s second medalist.
In her final competitive surfing event, 27-year-old Buitendag had to settle for silver, losing out on the gold medal to American Carissa Moore.
Moore, a local of Honolulu, Hawaii, came out on top with a total score of 14.93 to 8.46. Garden Route native Bianca Buitendag is from nearby Victoria Bay.
Tatjana Schoenmaker, of South Africa, finished second in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday, earning her country’s first medal at the postponed Tokyo Olympics of 2020.
Triumph for Bianca Buitendag
On a great day for South African athletes at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, Bianca Buitendag took home silver in the women’s surfing competition.
Tatjana Schoenmaker’s silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke earlier in the day was South Africa’s first medal of the competition.
The 27-year-old South African had a tough time getting going and finding waves where she could put up a competitive score.
Moore, though, came into Tsurigasaki beach as the favourite and used the first two of good waves to pull away from Buitendag and never look back.
When Moore put together waves of 7.60 and 7.33, it was always going to be a tough ask for Buitendag to find a way back into the contest.
Because the scores for the highest two waves count for each surfer in a match. The South African surfer posted a 5.23 and a 3.23 on his two best waves.