SNZ Update - July 2017
Recent World Surf League qualifying events have not been productive for the Kiwis with both Ricardo Christie and Billy Stairmand falling out of the Ballito Pro QS10,000 in the first round. The event has been the only major WQS action this past month and the boys results see Ricardo fall to 24th overall while Billy jumps up 20 odd places to 124th. Both surfers will be back in action in the second QS10,000 event at the end of the month – The Vans US Open of Surfing held at Huntington Beach (31 July – 6 Aug).
Above: Ricardo Christie - Photo: WSL
While the Ballito Pro has been the only major event, there have been several smaller QS1000 and QS1500s. Kehu Butler was the most recent Kiwi to compete placing 65th at the Murasaki Shonan Open QS1,500 where he placed 65th. Daniel Farr also finished his South African sojourn with a pair of 65ths at the Volkswagen Pro Qs3,000 and the Jordy Smith Pro QS1,000.
Farr leads the way on the rankings in 268th with Elliot Paerata-Reid in 276th and Kehu Butler in 320th.
The European leg beckons for several of the surfers including Farr and Muriwai surfer Paul Moretti who will first contest the Boardmasters QS1,000 in England before going on to France, Portugal and Morocco.
Ricardo and Billy will also join them over there for the two QS6,000 events in Spain and the Azores and then the QS10,000 in Portugal.
Paige Hareb has had a month off sitting nicely in fifth place overall and heads into the Paul Mitchell Neon Super Girl Pro in just over a week looking for more points. Hareb has finished runner-up at the Oceanside, California event in the past and a good result this year will strengthen her position heading into Europe for the penultimate QS6,000 event in Spain.
Paige will be joined by Ella Williams and Mount Maunganui’s Tiana-Breeze de Mooij who is making her first foray onto the international scene.
Above: Tiana-Breeze de Mooij - Photo: COL/SURF2SURF
You can follow all the action via World Surf League or keep up to date with all the Kiwi happenings via Surfing New Zealand.