NZ Home Loans Surf Festival
World Surf League QS6000 Women's Event
Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth Taranaki New Zealand
26 - 29 March 2015
Paige Hareb wins top result leading into NZ Home Loans Surf Fest
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 January, 2015 - Taranaki surfing champion Paige Hareb has placed second in the first World Surfing League World Qualifying Series (WQS) event for the year starting her 2015 campaign by earning valuable points.
In the final of the Samsung Galaxy Hainan Pro presented by Wanning today Hareb was narrowly defeated by Mahina Maeda from Hawaii who scored 16.73 out of a possible 20 to Hareb’s 16.33.
Hareb earned 4500 points for her second place in the Hainan Pro as she works her way towards earning enough points on the QS tour to regain entry into the World Championship Tour. Her 2015 campaign will include a home town event as Taranaki once again hosts the QS Port Taranaki Pro as part of the NZ Home Loans Surf Festival running from March 21 to April 6 this year.
The Festival will attract a line-up of the world’s top up and coming women surfers and Pro Juniors as well as surfing veterans. Held at Fitzroy Beach in New Plymouth, the festival’s feature event will be the Port Taranaki Pro - a QS6000 WSL - World Surfing League (formally ASP) Women’s event running from March 26 to 29.
With a prize pool of $US40,000, defending champion Silvana Lima from Brazil will surf off against Taranaki’s own Paige Hareb along with more than 70 of the world’s best women surfers including many of the women who also compete on the World Championship Tour (WCT).
Hareb was narrowly knocked off the WCT in 2014 and is amped to qualify again. “I really want to make it onto the WCT again in 2016 so I'm aiming to get good results, and to finish in the top 3 women in at least half of the WQS events,” says Hareb. “It's so great to have an WSL event in New Zealand just to show the Kiwis what it's like and to give us a little bit of an advantage.”
Creating opportunities for Kiwi surfers to compete on the world stage is at the heart of the Surf Festival which kicks off with the Rip Curl GromSearch for under 17s from March 21 to 22.
That’s followed by the WSL QS1,000 Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s events running from March 24 to 27 which will attract 96 of Australasia’s best under 21 surfers, says festival organiser, Craig Williamson. “We already have healthy entry numbers so we are anticipating a full entry subscription and some explosive surfing action for the crowds on the beach”
Wrapping up the 2015 NZ Home Loans Surf Festival will be the legendary Fisher & Paykel Easter Masters hosted by the New Plymouth Surfriders’ Club. “From the under-12s to the over 70s, there will be plenty of high calibre surf competition and camaraderie throughout the festival,” explains Williamson.