Kiwi Surf Team Hold Strong With Top Nations
The Quiksilver New Zealand Surfing Team made a clean sweep of their heats on day one of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games progressing all six competing surfers through to the second round of the event.
It was a good start for the Kiwi team who kept up with the powerhouse nations of Australia, France, South Africa, USA and Brazil in solid 1.5m - 2.0m waves at Punta Hermosa, Peru.
The Kiwi girls both took out first place in their heats with New Zealand's number one ranked surfer Paige Hareb (Taranaki) shining above the pack on the way to her win. Surfing the lefthand point break at the main podium Hareb scored 8.33 points out of a possible 10 on one wave for two aggressive forehand re-entries. Hareb then played the patience game waiting for the best waves before sealing the win late in her heat.
Hareb is one of five ASP World Tour surfers competing in the Women's Division, making for one of the most talent filled fields in the history of the event.
Laura Rishworth (Mnt) also won her heat but insisted that nerves got the better of her. "I'm glad to have gotten through that first round and get the first heat jitters out of the way" said Rishworth adding "I was a bit disappointed with my performance 'cos I got a bit lost out there, but stoked to be through and have taken the lessons from it and am ready to get going in the next round".
The next round for the girls will be surfed tomorrow (Friday 22nd October, NZ time) along with the first round of the Longboard Division where Daniel Procter (Gis) and Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck) will make their first appearance.
The four Kiwi Open Men's Division surfers will also be back in the water after a successful first day of surfing.
Morehu Roberts (Gis) was the top scorer for the Kiwis posting 13.00 points in his heat to secure first place. Luke Hughes (Raglan) and Keone Campbell (Taranaki) were not far behind winning their heats with heat scores of 10.27 and 9.8 points out of a possible 20 respectively.
Hughes and Roberts surfed the left hand break which offered up good quality waves while Campbell and Nick White (Mnt) had to surf the less consistent right handers on the other side of the bay.
White was the only New Zealand surfer to place second in his heat but that was good enough to see him into the second round and another shot at his opponents on Day 2.
The 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games uses a double elimination format meaning that all surfers have to place third or fourth in their heats twice, before being eliminated from the event.
The team is looking to improve on the eleventh placing in 2009 when the event was held in Costa Rica.
The day prior saw the Quiksilver New Zealand Surfing Team attend the Opening Ceremony and Sands of the World Ceremony. Paige Hareb and Laura Rishworth poured the sand for New Zealand while the boys performed an impromptu haka below the stage after officials suggested it would not be appropriate on stage.
Check out times for the Quiksilver New Zealand Surfing Team heats on day two (22nd October NZ time) below.
4.40am - Thomas Kibblewhite
8.20am - Daniel Procter
2.00am - Paige Hareb
4.20am - Laura Rishworth
Open Men's Division
5.40am - Luke Hughes
6.20am - Nick White
8.00am - Keone Campbell
9.00am - Morehu Roberts
Source: Surfing New Zealand
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