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Kiwi Paige Hareb closing in on qualifying for World Tour..


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Paige Second In Brazil To Edge Closer to World Tour Qualification

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 October, 2008 : - - Taranaki surfer Paige Hareb has placed second in the final of the Oakley Rio Surf International overnight to edge closer to becoming the first ever New Zealand female to qualify for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Tour.

The penultimate event of the Women’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) was held at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  The 4-star competition completes a successful two-event leg of the WQS for Hareb after securing a second and a third.

Hareb was narrowly beaten by Diana Cristina (BRA) in the final when she posted 12.23 to Cristina’s 12.34.  Despite scoring the highest single wave score of 7.10 in the final, Hareb came up short on her second ride of 5.13 when she needed to score 5.23 to win.  The final was so close that two of the five judges in fact gave her the score required to win the event.

Earlier in the day Hareb beat young Hawaiian surfer Coco Ho 13.16 – 11.77 in the semifinals.

Hareb’s second placing in the most recent event was good enough to increase her WQS points tally from 7,120 to 7,285 and retain fifth place on the ratings.  While not improving on her position prior to travelling to Brazil, Hareb has made the equation more difficult for the competitors trailing her who are also looking to finish in the top six to qualify for the Women’s World Tour.

Paige's closest rivals are Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Alana Blanchard (HAW) and Silvana Lima (BRA).  All four surfers will need to progress to at least the quarterfinals of the final event in Hawaii to have a chance of catching Hareb on the ratings.

Add to the mix the following.  Silvana Lima, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Jacqueline Silva and Rebecca Woods are currently looking promising for qualification through their World Tour ratings of 7th - 9th respectively.  In terms of qualification that puts Paige as high as third of the six qualifiers who move on to the World Tour in 2009. 

That means that some rivals such as Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) and Bethany Hamilton (HAW) who have outside chances of toppling Paige would have to secure excellent results in the last events to get close to Paige who is 1000 points ahead of them.

The final event of the Women's WQS is the Reef Hawaiian Pro WQS 6-star event on the 12-23 November.  The World Tour has a further four events remaining. Please see below for results from the final two heats surfed by Paige Hareb at the Oakley Rio Surf International held at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

1, 12.34, Diana Cristina , BRA
2, 12.23, Paige Hareb , NZL

1, 13.16, Paige Hareb , NZL
2, 11.77, Coco Ho , HAW

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