SNZ Update - June 2017
Above: Paige Hareb / Surf HWY - Photo: COL / SURF2SURF.com
Paige Hareb continues her grip on a qualification spot for the 2018 World Tour after contesting two events over the past month. Paige sits in fifth place overall after the most recent QS6,000 Los Cabos Open of Surf which was held in Mexico where she placed 17th overall. Despite some superb form in the earlier rounds, Paige came unstuck against a tough line up that included runner-up Bronte Macauley (AUS) and World Tour surfer Coco Ho (HAW). Paige also toured Japan in late May for the QS3,000 Gotcha Ichinomiya Pro where she placed fifth. It was another excellent performance from Paige and at the beach touted to host the surfing during Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The result bumped Paige up to third overall on the rankings before her dip to fifth after Mexico.
Above: Ricardo Christie - Photo: WSL
Another Kiwi on fire in Japan was Ricardo Christie who appeared to have a stack of fire in his belly as he advanced through the QS6,000 event. Ricardo ended the event in 17th overall after a completely wave starved heat that left him without a wave for the final seven minutes of the encounter. Like Paige, Ricardo holds down a qualification spot at this early stage of the year sitting in 11th place overall.
Taranaki’s Daniel Farr returned to his homeland of South Africa in search of World Qualifying Series experience this month. In the first event of his trip he posted a career-best fifth place at the QS1,000 Vans Surf Pro Classic. Farr showed some exceptional form throughout the event posting serious heat totals before missing out in the quarterfinals. While only a lowly rated QS1,000, the result saw Farr jump 321 places up the rankings to 335th overall and more importantly giving him some much needed confidence heading into the next events.
Farr will now join Billy Stairmand at the QS3,000 Volkswagen South African Open of Surfing starting Wednesday. Stairmand will look to get his year back on track at the event and improve on his current ranking of 143rd. He will also use the event as a warm up before he heads to the Ballito Pro, the first prime rated QS10,000 event of the year which starts in early July.
Following the Ballito Pro the guys will head to the US Open of Surfing for back-to-back prime events before heading off to Europe leg of the series. The next six weeks can ultimately set up a qualification campaign and a strong run toward 2018. For the girls, it will be the QS6,000 Paul Mitchell Super Girl Pro in California starting 28th July before they head to Europe.
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