Australian surfer, Nikki Van Dijk, was crowned ASP Women’s World Junior Champion in Keramas, Bali after the ladies’ final of the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior. The epic finale went down in an exciting heat between Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in solid 6-foot barrels. The ladies scored great waves for an awesome show of female performance surfing, Buitendag pumped off her last 6-Star win to grant her a spot on the Dream Tour. However, it was Van Dijk who made history at the first event in Indonesia, crowned the ASP World Junior Champion and the first surfer from Victoria, Australia to win an ASP World Junior Title.
Holding the lead throughout the entire final heat, Van Dijk showcased her smooth style and powerful carves in picturesque Keramas conditions.
“I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt!” Van Dijk said. “I was nervous the whole heat. I was shaky when I was trying to stand up. I think I was just so excited to be out there in such perfect waves. I’m so honoured to win! This is what I dream of; it’s amazing! To be here with my sister and friends is amazing. I know all my family and friends at home will be so excited!”
Bianca Buitendag of South Africa battled her way through the entire event, winning heat after heat impressing the judges through to the finals. Though she wasn’t quite able to find the exact waves she needed to come out with the win, Buitendag still put on an incredible performance for spectators all over the world. With a great finish at the Oakley World Junior Championships, Buitendag will advance into the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour with confidence.
“I’m really happy with second,” Buitendag said. “I came here with no expectations and to finish like this has been great. I just want to thank Oakley for putting this event on, and God for giving us great surf. Nikki (Van Dijk) surfed really well; I’m very happy for her. This event has been a great warm-up for me to get ready to surf on next year’s ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.”
OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S FINAL:
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.24 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.93