Paige Hareb Re-qualifies for the 2010 World Tour Via Qualifying Series
New Zealand pin-up girl Paige Hareb (Taranaki) re-qualified for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women's World Tour early Sunday morning (11th October) after finishing the year ranked fourth on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS).
Hareb's 2009 ranking is three places higher than her seventh in 2008 which saw her become the first ever New Zealand surferon the Women's World Tour.
Hareb placed fifth in the final event of the year - the Rio Pro presented by Oakley held in Brazil. The five-star event had a lot riding on it for all the top ranked surfers and Hareb's fifth placing was enough to see her jump two places on the ratings for a career best finish.
Hareb needed to finish inside the top six for a guaranteed start on the 2010 Women's World Tour.
Hareb will now switch her focus to the more important Women's World Tour where she is currently ranked seventh. She heads to Portugal and Peru for events before the end of season two-event showdown in Hawaii during December. Her WQS ranking will ease the tension in upcoming events, Hareb now having the luxury of aiming for personal goals rather than having to concentrate on qualification.
Hareb was eliminated from the Rio Pro overnight by eventual winner Jessi Miley - Dyer (AUS) in the quarterfinals in a low scoring affair.
Fellow New Zealand surfer Airini Mason (Gis) also had a great result in Brazil placing fifth after losing to Lee-Ann Curren (FRA). Her result jumped her three places to 17th on the ratings. However Mason finished outside of qualification for the 2010 Women's World Tour. In 2008, Mason finished one rank higher in 16th.
Wini Paul (Sandy Bay) also contested the final event of the year finishing 37th overall. Paul finished the year ranked 32nd a career best finish for the young Northland surfer.
Source: Surfing New Zealand
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