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Kiwi hopes rest on Paige Hareb in Rio

Paige Hareb at Bells © ASP/Kirstin

Team Updates

Hareb heads to Rio with new boards and a focussed attitude

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 May, 2013 : - - With a new quiver of boards under her arm, and focused attitude towards winning, New Zealand ASP Women’s Championship Tour competitor Paige Hareb has flown to Brazil for the Rio Pro surf event scheduled to start on May 8.

Following a disappointing early elimination in the Dow AgroSciences Pro event in Taranaki, New Zealand, in early April, Paige is very focussed to requalify for the 2014 world tour by placing in the top 10 at season’s end, says her father, Mike Hareb.

“After the Taranaki event, Paige has been undertaking a lot of cross training to keep her physical fitness up, and working with her coach on her winning attitude,” says Mike
“Paige has also got three new boards in her quiver, along with two favourites, so she has all the equipment she needs for Rio.”

Paige’s agonisingly close point scores in the Dow AgroSciences Pro shows she has what it takes. In the Round One heats she lost by 1.4 to Courtenay Conlogue (USA) went on to win the event. Forced into the Round Two elimination heat, Paige then lost to Sage Erickson (USA) by just  .04 of a point.

“Taranaki was the mid-way point in the world tour and Paige has had two fifth placings this year – as well as two 13th placings ranking her at number 10 on the tour,” says Mike

“Paige has finished in the quarter finals in Rio before so securing a good placing there, as well as in the rest of the tour events is well within her capabilities as all her supporters in Taranaki know.”

The ASP Rio Pro is scheduled to run from May 8 to 14, followed by the Roxy Pro in Biarritz (France) on July 10 to 14. There are also two events on the tour still to be confirmed - the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, California, from July 22 to 28, and also a Portugal event in October.

The 2013 has seen a shuffle in the top tier with top contenders Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore finding themselves in unfamiliar territory with fourth and fifth placings respectively behind Carissa Moore in first place, Tyler Wright in second, and Courtenay Conlogue in third following her Dow AgroSciences Pro win.

Source: NZ Festival

Author: Bruce Gatward-Cook

Tags: Rio, Brazil, New Zealand, Paige Hareb

Team: Surfersvillage


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