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'Full-blooded South African' Bianca Buitendag leaves a rare legacy after Olympic glory

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Bianca Buitendag with coach Greg Emslie. (Facebook)
Bianca Buitendag with coach Greg Emslie. (Facebook)

Since last Sunday, Bianca Buitendag and Greg Emslie un-fussily got up at 03:00 to catch the shuttle to escort them to Tsurigasaki Beach.

The trip is, by all accounts, a tedious one - it takes two hours to travel from the Olympic Village to Japan's east coast - but not for South Africa's top female surfer and her genial coach.

For them, from an unobtrusive and humble sporting background, it was an opportunity to make history on the grandest stage. 

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