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Bianca Buitendag

Bianca grew up near the beach of False Bay outside of Cape Town, South Africa where she learned to surf at age 8 with her two brothers. In 2005, she moved to the Southern Cape region of South Africa and has had the benefit of surfing some top quality surf that the area has to offer, allowing her to improve her surfing technique.

Bianca qualified onto the ASP world tour in 2013 and finished the year with the highly coveted ‘Rookie of The Year' Award at the ASP awards ceremony. She has shown her aggressive backhand attack is one to watch for as she began the 2014 season with her first tour final at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast event.

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Paradise is a fairly common term when we talk about some of our favorite travel locations, Tahiti, Hawaii and the Seychelles have been some of our most memorable destinations. But when we caught up with Bianca Buitendag last week, and she shared her photos from her recent Mentawais surf trip, it didn’t take us long to add this incredible part of the World to the top of our ‘must-go’ travel list.

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

It may be a mission to get there, (and when we say mission, we mean 3 flights with 2 stop overs, totalling 30 hours. Two ferries and a car/truck) but once you arrive, all of that seems to melt away.   

Scroll down to get a taste of paradise, and we dare you not to book a trip asap...

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag


Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

Mentawais Dreaming with Bianca Buitendag

For more of Bianca's incredible adventures, follow her on Instagram and Facebook

There’s no doubt about it, Tavarua has to be one of the most idyllic locations on the World Championship tour. What’s not to love? A heart shaped island with World class surf on your doorstep, fresh coconuts on tap and crystal clear water lapping at palm fringed beaches.

Bronte and Bianca have been soaking up the island vibes over the last few days, so we asked them to dial it down for us in our favorite format - by the numbers! Scroll down to read the Fiji edit and don’t blame us if you find yourselves booking a ticket to paradise shortly afterward...

Fiji Pro By the Numbers

Number of surfboards: 14 (7 each)


Travel Time: 48 hours between the two of them. Bronte laid out her itinerary for us -

Flying from Perth-Brisbane (4 hours)

Brisbane to Nadi (3 hours)

Taxi from Nadi airport to edge of mainland where you get the boat to Tavarua (30 minutes)

Boat ride to Tavarua island (20 minutes)

Fiji Pro By the Numbers

Fiji Pro By the Numbers

8 (big) steps from our bure to the water's edge


Number of coconuts consumed on first lay day: Bronte 2, Bianca 0 (but those cookies! too many)

Fiji Pro By the Numbers

Average water temperature: 83°F or 28°C


The competition period: 3 days

Fiji Pro By the Numbers

Fiji Pro By the Numbers

Fiji Pro By the Numbers

While we were watching Steph chase down her 2017 #ROXYpro Gold Coast victory, hundreds of girls rolled out their mats on Rainbow Bay beach for the #ROXYfitness event.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Despite the low pressure system bringing the rain, spirits were high as we kicked off the 7am start with yoga on the beach.

The view of pumping waves rolling past as we saluted the sun (hidden behind a few clouds) brought a great energy to the yoga session as did the partner yoga which also gave us a few laughs as we stretched with a buddy.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Next generation yogis, Zahlia, Sky and Sierra leading the flow!

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

The fun continued with a 5km run, tracing the coastline from Rainbow Bay to Kirra and then back again.

We think the excitement of finals day at the #ROXYpro managed to pull everyone over the line quicker than ever before, with the winner of the run leg, completing the race in 20:22!

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

After a quick snack we headed to Jack Evans Boat harbour for the 1km SUP race.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

While we managed to dry off during the run, it didn’t take long for the heavens to open one again, and deliver another almighty tropical downpour as we were paddling our way around the Tweed River.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

To all the incredible women who came and celebrated along with us at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast, we thank you for your incredible smiles and indomitable spirit, refusing to let the rain hold you back from celebrating an active outdoor lifestyle! We hope to see you all again next year

With the #ROXYpro on hold for the boys to complete a few rounds at the #QuikPro, we decided to escape the craziness of Coolangatta for the morning and take a day trip further down the coast for a few uncrowded waves and some downtime with the team.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Our strike mission began early with Mainei, Bruna, Lisa, Bianca and Lee-Ann strapping boards and packing cars with all the essentials before 6am, and after a quick coffee stop, we were fueled up and ready to hit the highway.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

It didn’t take us long to feel like we were miles away from the hustle and bustle of Coolangatta, with the urban sprawl slowly melting into the coastal rainforest lining the highway.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

In no time we were parked at the Cabarita headland and taking in the uninterrupted views along the dramatic rocky coastline of the morning surf conditions. After a quick decision as to where we would make our camp for the morning, we promptly unpacked the cars and set off down the beach.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Lee-Ann and Bianca were the first ones to hit the water, carefully selecting their weapon of choice from our collective quiver (naturally, we packed for all conditions), with Bruna close behind. The girls were spoiled with an empty line up to share and wasted no time in giving passers by a reason to stop and watch their enviable skills.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

A few of our favorite beach essentials

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

As the girls started to come back in from the surf, the subject soon turned to lunch and where to find it. We took a short walk from the beach and stumbled across a sushi bar that seemed to answer everyone’s cravings.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Within minutes of devouring a few hand rolls and gyoza, we were told that the perfect spot to relax on a sunny day in Cabarita was Halcyon House, and given it was just a five minute walk away, we just couldn’t resist.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

A refreshing spritzer and plenty of laughs later, we decided to pack up the cars again and head back to Snapper Rocks, just in time to catch Steph set the super bank on fire, catching four barrels in one heat.

Tune in to the dawn patrol show tomorrow morning from 7am AEDT call, for all the finals day action (fingers crossed!)

This time next week, we’ll be back in championship tour mode, patiently waiting for the World Surf League dawn patrol to call on the first heats of the #ROXYpro Gold Coast 2017.

Until then, we scrolled back through the gram and found a few of our favorite posts to give you an idea of the fun that is about to unfold...

Our Favorite Moments from the #ROXYpro 2016


My view for the next two weeks @roxy #ROXYpro

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When they just get you #3Amigos #RoxyXSummersite @roxy @summersite @tim_swallow_photo @lagoon_collective

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South Wall | Ballina | Shark Town for #RoxyXSummersite @Roxy #3Amigos

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Clearest water ever #ROXYpro Photo: @caitmiersphotography @roxy

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Pre heat moment...Just a lil' excited

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That moment when the @roxy crew paddles out and it's automatically an instant crowd loving my time here at the #RoxyPro

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Happiness with my 3 Amigos @Roxy

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All smiles with @stephaniegilmore today Such a pleasure sharing a laugh in the sea with this chica for @roxy #ROXYsurf

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Where the water was warm, we wore matching bikinis, And not one moment was spared separated #3amigos// PC: @samseaz

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Mornings with @caitmiersphotography #POPsurf

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Just wanna give a shoutout to the ocean in Rainbow Bay for acting like a pool. @caitmiersphotography

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PIVOT @roxy #RoxyPro

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The Goldie is so sweet @roxy

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The paddle out to surf Snapper @roxy @tonicshop #roxypro. : @caitmiersphotography

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We party @summersite @roxy #3Amigos #RoxyxSummerSite

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Can you believe that, this time last week, we were crowning a new World Champ and a #ROXYpro France winner!? Although our time with the ROXY surf team has wrapped for another year, there were some incredible moments captured, and chances are you double tapped on few of Cait Miers’, beautiful shots that we posted on insta.

Between surf sessions, the highs and lows of the #ROXYpro and a croissant or five, we caught up with Cait to discover what stories were hiding behind her favorite shots from our time on the Landes Coast, and we weren’t disappointed...


A spontaneous decision for a last minute surf before the sun went down turned into the session of the week! LeeAnn was firing, her elegant style combined with the backdrop of the most incredible sunset had me jumping up and down from the beach.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I’d seen this wall on Pinterest photos before and didn’t even realise it was in Hossegor! As soon as I found out, we rounded up the girls and went to explore! The girls were so excited to be all together in Hossegor, the dancing speaks for itself.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Steph had a really cute outfit on one night as we were tucking into a few vinos, so I pulled her aside for a few sneaky portraits in front of the pool. We laughed the entire time.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Out of the corner of my eye I caught Bianca warming up for her Round 1 Heat. I ran over and grabbed a few snaps, fascinated by her focus.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Steph was about to run into the water for her Quarter Final match up. She had her eyes on the ocean and was super focused. There were a crowd of young french girls taking photos and giggling around her, and steph looked over and couldn't resist giving them a cheeky grin.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


That smile says it all (or does it, it was freezing!) but despite the fact she was cold, Mainei still managed a smile and a laugh, one that is infectious.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Jam sesh’s were a regular occurrence in the ROXY house on this trip! It was rad to watch these two jam away in their own little worlds, playing anything their heart desired.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I love this little pocket rocket! Sierra is always up and ready for a surf, always the first one in the water!

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


We checked out Biarritz one day and I really loved this place. The girls were running around going bananas, too much sugar perhaps? It was a lot of fun seeing what they got up to.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I just loved seeing how genuine and natural these girls are. They’re all such good friends and I think you can see it on their faces that they’re stoked to be around each other!

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Lay days are made for adventures, and today was no exception. With the swell struggling to build for the final rounds of the #ROXYpro France, we packed the car, hit the highway and headed to Biarritz for a day of wandering the coastline and sampling some of our favorite French treats.

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

With a quick stop at ROXY Headquarters for some retail therapy, Caroline, Bronte, Bianca and Mainei were then pounding the cobblestone pavement under the eager lead of well versed tour guide, Justine Mauvin.

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

After a big day of eating and exploring, we headed back to Hossegor to await the call for the #ROXYpro France. See more of the #ROXYpro France here >

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

After a big day of heats at the #ROXYpro France and in preparation for #ROXYfitness Hossegor on the weekend, we took some time out at the end of our day to R E L A X with some yoga and a healthy dinner, hosted by the gorgeous girls from revelbiarritz.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

As the sun slipped below the trees, our yoga teacher, Laura, lead lead the flow. Talk about a sun salutation!

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Mainei taking on the twist challenge.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

At 9 years old, Sierra Kerr was our smallest and fiercest yogi.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

As we finished our practice and with a fresh yoga high in place, we floated from our mats into the kitchen to find a fresh feast waiting for us to taste. While Laura was keeping us zen on the deck, Leone had been busily preparing a nourishing spread of locally sourced fare for dinner.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

From salmon poke bowls to rice paper rolls loaded with vegetables to the raw berry cheesecake, we filled our plates with nature’s best and satisfied our hunger with some serious soul food.

And for those who were following the fun on snapchat, we promised to share the raw dessert recipe and here it is! Bon Appetit!

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France


COCONUT LIME + BERRY RAW CHEESECAKE


Base

1 cup almonds

1 cup shredded coconut

½ cup pecans

8 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water

½ cup coconut oil, melted


Filling

3 cups cashews, soaked in water overnight

¾ cup lime juice

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

½ can coconut cream

¾ cup coconut oil, melted


Topping

1.5 cups frozen raspberries

¼ cup maple syrup


1. To make the base, drain medjool dates, place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until well combined + sticking together.

2. Press base mixture into a silicone cake mould (or lined 20cm spring form cake tin) and put in freezer.

3. For the filling drain cashews, process all ingredients in a food processor except coconut oil, and process until well combined. Keep the food processor on and slowly pour in coconut oil - process until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour cheesecake filling over base and place into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

5. To make the berry topping, add the berries and maple syrup into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over the cheesecake and set aside.

6. Place cheesecake into the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.


Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Thanks again Leone and Laura from revelbiarritz, for an amazing evening!

On a recent trip to France between tour stops, Bianca Buitendag had a chance to reflect on her connection to the beautiful beach breaks of the south west.

“In a culture so removed from my own, France is ironically where I feel the most at home. So rich in personality and creativity, this place allows for great growth in character and career - with a diverse display of wave types and a strong support system, it is my pride and joy to to share in the French sea and it’s surrounds. This clip illustrates just a glimpse of its glory colored with a personal insight"

With a break from competition underway, we spent some time with Bianca Buitendag, digging through some of her first and favorite salty memories. Naturally we wanted to know what sparked her love of the ocean, a thirst for life on tour and what were her biggest influences when it came to surfing.

Back to the Beginning with Bianca

Take a trip down memory lane with Bianca below -


When did you start surfing?

To be very honest, I can’t remember much before I was seven. Most of the memories I do have are from old photos and stories told by my family. There are certain glimpses that I can recall however. I remember catching fish in the rock pools, and building sand castles on the beach, since my parents were always out surfing. My brothers and I finally built up the courage to test the water, and it was my father that pushed me into my first wave as a child. He introduced me to something that I now regard as one of my biggest loves, the ocean.

Back to the Beginning with Bianca(Before I had the courage to venture into the deep water)

Did you always dream of being a pro surfer?

Strangely enough, the answer is no! I grew up surfing every day, but the chance of a skinny, white-haired, freckled little girl from a little town in South Africa to make it to the top 5 female surfers in the world seemed close to impossible.


Was surfing one of your favorite things growing up?

I enjoyed all sports. I had provincial colors in 5 sports besides surfing before I was 16. But there was a sense of freedom in surfing, an excuse to adventure, every time you cross from sand to saltwater, you have no idea what to expect. You do not have to conform to a field, pool, platform, or track. You learn to read and thrive off of the unpredictability of the ocean.


Back to the Beginning with Bianca(standing alongside my brothers - My first surfboard and one of our first trips to Jbay)

Were there people along the way that gave you a helping hand, or encouraged you, that really stand out?

The most important people to include in your life, in my opinion, are people who would support you no matter what you decide to do. In that case, my parents are probably the greatest by a long stretch. I have had the privilege of growing up in a very supportive home, surrounded by people who are proud of who I am and not what I achieve.

I grew up totally unaware of what was going on in the surfing industry. The only surfers I knew were those at my local beach. For a long time, the only competition I had was amongst my brothers and the only coaching or advice I received was from my parents. It is safe to say my family were my inspirations, and are still today, their sincerity and support more than anything.


Back to the Beginning with Bianca(First trip overseas on a surf trip - age 12 - Bingin, Bali)

Back to the Beginning with Bianca(Best friends growing up - also one of the first contests with a ROXY sticker on my nose)

At what age did you sign with ROXY?

I sent a profile to ROXY, and they sent me a box of clothes through the post, so heavy that I couldn’t carry it into the house. I was 12 at the time, and am still sponsored by the same company 10 years down the timeline. I would open the box, and throw out everything that was pink and everything that has showed any type of femininity – I have two brothers and at that stage I wanted to be a boy, and still strongly believed that I was.


Back to the Beginning with Bianca(The day I got the box of clothes from ROXY - 12/13 yrs old - my board is a size 5’2 and now I surf a 6’2!)

Back to the Beginning with Bianca

Back to the Beginning with Bianca

When did you realise this could become a career?

I was faced with the decision in my last year of school: with good grades, I had the option of either going to study or taking the opportunity to compete full time. Having had education as a priority until I wrote that last exam, I felt like I had not seen my potential in surfing yet, and that I could not take an opportunity to do it without distraction, for granted. Later that year, I won two WQS 6stars, and it was only then that I had the answer to the question I had asked a year earlier.


Back to the Beginning with Bianca(My first WQS victory - putting me on a good road to qualifying)

There can only be one winner at the end of each contest. How do you stay focused and driven, when a contest doesn’t go your way?

This goes deep. This goes beyond disappointment. Ever since the first contest, there has always been this pressure to perform. You have a lot of attention and confidence when you are getting results, and it all fades away and leaves you empty when you don’t. When you do over 15 contests in a year, performance becomes your identity. It is what you measure yourself onto such a degree that when you lose, you don’t only doubt your performance but you doubt yourself as a person. This can hurt. You even start believing that others only love you when you perform. I felt the consequences of this lie on my first year of tour. But knowing the truth, something that I discovered when I was 17 years old, has been the best thing that has happened in my life. The truth is that God loves us unconditionally, without requirements, with tears of compassion in His eyes, without judgment, without restriction. I have found my identity, my refuge, my comfort, my joy, my peace and my life in that love. And everything that remains is just an expression of this love that continues to fascinate me as I discover its depths.


Back to the Beginning with Bianca

Back to the Beginning with Bianca

Which athletes do you admire and why?

I admire most athletes, not necessarily of the athletic excellence, but more the challenges, tragedies, and transformations they overcome, expressing it through the proclamation of their sport for the world to see. These athletes are not only successful on a track, but their character, having been shaped for many years, is my greatest inspiration.


Back to the Beginning with Bianca

Back to the Beginning with Bianca

What does SUCCESS mean to you?

Success to me is living in freedom. To be one who is unattached to the world. One who lives and loves generously, giving instead of taking. “She is clothed with dignity and strength, and laughs without fear of the future.”


Back to the Beginning with Bianca

Ever thought you would come this far?

Never in my wildest dreams. Actually, I did not even have the dream, thinking it seemed so impossible for a skinny, freckled, white-haired girl from a little coastal town in Southern Africa to make it. And it is not the sporting success that I am referring to; plainly the privilege of meeting the people I have grown to know and love and the countries and cultures I have seen.


From our saltiest groms to our World champs, we love sharing the stoke on a daily basis, but on June 20th we are joining our athletes and the surf community to celebrate International Surfing Day by heading to our favorite beach to surf, participate in beach clean up or soak up the weather with friends.

And to sweeten the deal, ROXY and Quiksilver are donating $10 from every boardshort and swim piece sold today to the Hawaiian Lifeguards. Because good karma swells and the ocean belongs to everyone.

Surfrider Foundation is hosting over 200 #ISD2016 events across the globe to enable every person to give back to their local beach or favorite surf break. Stay up to date throughout the day by following #ISD2016 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the fun!

To kick things off we asked our team to tell us what surfing means to them -


Mainei Kinimaka // Hawaii

To me, surfing means practicing Hawaiian culture and sustaining my ancestral traditions.

Image Cory Gehr

International Surfing Day 2016

Nao Omura // Japan

Surfing is the happiest thing in my life!

International Surfing Day 2016

Bronte Macaulay // Australia

Crystal clear water, afternoon glass-offs , sunny days and endless smiles. How lucky are we...

Happy international surfing day!

International Surfing Day 2016

Kelia Moniz // Hawaii

Surfing to me is this… Waikiki. To me Waikiki means family, it means joy and it means memories. There’s a feeling you get there that you can’t get anywhere else. There’s a feeling that I get when I surf a wave here, it makes me fall in love with this wave riding thing over and over and over again.

Image Dane Peterson

International Surfing Day 2016

Laura Macaulay // Australia

To me, surfing means to enjoy and appreciate the moment with family, friends and nature.

Image WSL

International Surfing Day 2016

Justine Mauvin // France

To me, surf could mean Science Under the Rights of Freedom. Surfing takes me to the right place, where you learn about reaching the essence of being free.

International Surfing Day 2016

Chloe Calmon // Brazil

My connection with surfing is so deep within my soul, that every time I paddle out I feel I blend in with the ocean. It feels like the waves and I are only one being...

International Surfing Day 2016

Monyca Eleogram // Hawaii

Surfing to me is freedom. It’s the opportunity to live in the moment and let go.

Smile, laugh, stand up, sit down, go straight, or swerve. there is no right or wrong way. Freedom.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sienna Marshall // Australia

The ocean is my happy place where my fears, emotions, thoughts and feelings can be set free. Surfing feels like nothing I have ever experienced before. It makes my world turn, surfing means the world to me.

International Surfing Day 2016

Leila Riccobuano // Hawaii

Surf reflects my life.... Everyday and every wave are different.

International Surfing Day 2016

Bruna Schmitz // Brazil

Surfing to me is everything I know. I couldn't imagine my life without it. It just wouldn't make sense!

International Surfing Day 2016

Sophia Chapman // Australia

Surfing is my happy place, nothing compares to the feeling of freedom you get from the ocean.

International Surfing Day 2016

LeeAnn Curren // France

Go down the line and hunt for tubes. Happy international surfing day :)

International Surfing Day 2016

Vahine Fierro // Tahiti

My love for surfing will never go away

International Surfing Day 2016

Lizzie Stokely // Australia

Surfing is the best sport in the world

. Even though every wave is different, the feeling it leaves you with is always pure stoke!

Image Nick Green at Shipstern Bluff

International Surfing Day 2016

Bianca Buitendag // Sth Africa

To me, surfing reflects the freedom and joy that is available once recognizing your dependency and learning to trust the One that created all of life, every wave and you.

International Surfing Day 2016

Savanna Stone // Hawaii

I love surfing because when I am on a wave I feel most powerful, and the ocean makes me feel at home.

International Surfing Day 2016

Piper Harrison // Australia

When surfing I'm part of something bigger. The power of the ocean and the world surrounding me, I appreciate the incredible world we live in.

International Surfing Day 2016

Alyssa Lock // Australia

Surfing is my past, my present and my future

International Surfing Day 2016

Chelsea Tuach // Barbados

Surfing has shaped me into the person I am today. I'm thankful for the highs and the lessons and for the beautiful people I've met along the way.

International Surfing Day 2016

India Robinson // Australia

Surfing means the world to me, out of the water i feel like a different person, the real me is in the water.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sage Goldsbury // Australia

I love everything about surfing, floating in the ocean with my family and friends, sunshine and the uplifting bliss after a good wave.

International Surfing Day 2016

Meg Roh // America

I've surfed every day for the past five years because surfing to me means endless adventures and smiles.

International Surfing Day 2016

Caroline Marks // America

I love surfing. Love is surfing every wave like it's your last.

International Surfing Day 2016

Lucie Milochau // France

Surfing is wake up every morning thinking at what will look like the session

International Surfing Day 2016

Rosy Hodge // Sth Africa

Surfing is something I wake up thinking about everyday. It's the constant source of what makes me happy and has shaped the best memories in my life.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sierra Kerr // America

I surf because it makes me feel good. I love to be in the water with dolphins swimming by me. I smile and laugh a lot surfing with my family and friends and that makes me very happy.

International Surfing Day 2016

Mahé Javegny // France

Surfing is everything for me and the things I prefer to do. It’s an amazing feeling, the best feeling in the world.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sakura // Hawaii

Surfing is so fun and make me happy and smiles.

International Surfing Day 2016

Juliette Brice // France

I don’t even have words to describe what does surfing mean to me, It’s just the best feeling in the world and I couldn’t imagine living without it!

International Surfing Day 2016

Summer Macedo // Hawaii

Surfing is my "rock". It reminds me of who I am and what I love to do.

International Surfing Day 2016

Gabbi Knudson // Hawaii

Surfing is pure stoke, and is what I look forward to doing everyday. It provides a way to hang out and make friends and surf some of the best waves in the world. Surfing means everything to me, and I will never take it for granted.

International Surfing Day 2016

Stephanie Gilmore // Australia

Surfing sure is magical! Right here in my happiest place, smile on my face, it must be love! Happy International Surfing Day friends :)

International Surfing Day 2016

It’s been two weeks since the last event wrapped up at Margaret River, Western Australia, and Bianca Buitendag has wasted no time in preparing for stop #4 on the Championship Tour, the Oi Rio Pro, Brazil.

We asked Bianca to share her ‘take anywhere’ workout, and here it is. Are you ready to train like you’re on tour? Let’s do it!

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WARM UP

The most important part of any workout is to warm up correctly. Prepare your muscles and prevent injury with this 10-Minute interval running drill.

2 minute jog

3 x 1 minute run // 1 minute jog

2 minute cool down jog


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KICK IT

Accentuate your warm up with some strengthening and conditioning moves

20 x High knees

20 x Butt Kicks


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WINDMILLS

Activate your core and stretch out your hamstrings.

Step your feet out wider than shoulder width apart, bend your knees slightly and stretch your arms out parallel to the floor.

Keeping your back straight, twist and reach your left hand to your right foot then repeat for the other side in one fluid movement.

Repeat 10-20 times


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SQUAT JUMPS

This dynamic movement strengthens your glutes, hamstrings and quads

10 x Squat Jumps


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LUNGES WITH A KUNG FU KICK

Channel your inner karate kid and add this kung fu kick

20 x Lunge kicks (10 each leg)


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Train like you’re on tour with Bianca Buitendag #ROXYfitness

PLANK WITH KNEE RAISE AND ROTATION

You’re guaranteed to feel the burn with this one! Start in plank position and raise your knee to elbow then swing it across your chest to the opposite elbow.

10 x Plank with knee raise and rotation (5 each leg)


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Train like you’re on tour with Bianca Buitendag #ROXYfitness

SIDE PLANK STAR

Similar to the plank exercise above but this targets your obliques.

10 x Side plank star (5 each side)


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SPIDERMAN

Start in plank and crawl slowly while you maintain your distance from the floor.

Set yourself a distance to crawl to and from rather than reps.


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Train like you’re on tour with Bianca Buitendag #ROXYfitness

SHOULDER STAND

This yoga pose is a great calming move, plus it relieves leg aches, the perfect way to finish up.

Lay on your back and as you slowly lift your legs, engage your core muscles, and curl your spine while push your legs straight up into the air. Hold for 3-5 breaths


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