As Dow AgroSciences looms, Hareb eyes action cautiously
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 April, 2013 : - - Hometown hero Paige Hareb is again under a minor injury cloud for this year's ASP Women's World Tour event in Taranaki. The 22-year-old is nursing a bruised ankle which she suffered while competing in the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Australia last week. However, with surfing at the Dow AgroSciences Pro event at New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach cancelled yesterday, she had the chance to get some treatment for the injury.
Hareb, who finished fifth at Bells and had a rib injury in 2011, said she hoped the injury wasn't serious. "I think it's just badly bruised," she said yesterday. "It happened right before I had to compete at Bells and I managed to get an alright result there, so I just want to make sure it doesn't get any worse."
Hareb said although it was the fourth time the tour event had been held in Taranaki, she still felt a sense of excitment hosting the top 17 women surfers in her home patch. "I think all of the girls really love coming here."
She said the fact New Plymouth was a tour stopover for a fourth consecutive year was testament to the hard work put in by Craig Williamson of Surfing Taranaki, her dad Mike Hareb and the event's 68 sponsors who have got in behind the New Zealand Surf Festival. "There is nowhere else in the world where that happens, so it's pretty special and I feel really proud."
Although Hareb didn't want to make any predictions about how she would go in the event, she admitted the fairytale ending was never far from her mind. "For sure, if I had to choose anywhere in the world to win an event, it would definitely be at home in front of my family and friends," she said.
Author: Leighton Keith
Tags: New Zealand, Paige Hareb, Taranak