SNZ Update November 2017
Just the one event remains for the women on the WSL Qualifying Series and it will be wrapped up this weekend. The Port Stephens Toyota Pro QS6000 is set to have a big impact on the qualification aspirations of a number of surfers including our own Page Hareb.
Above: Paige Hareb Maldives 2017. Photo: facebook.com/paige.hareb
Paige sits in ninth place at the moment and holds the final qualifying spot thanks to three double qualifiers (Keely Andrews, Sage Erickson, Johanne Defay) who currently hold their tour card by virtue of their World Tour ranking.
A thirteenth place or better finish will improve Paige’s overall points and give her a better shot at qualification. Only an event win will be good enough to confirm a place on tour in 2018 without relying on other results to go her way. However, the computations and permutations between first and thirteenth are vast, not to mention the final event of the Women’s World Tour which takes place later this month being the ultimate decider.
For a number of our other female surfers, it will be a case of securing all the points they can at the final event with a record six Kiwi girls competing.
Ella Williams is ranked 40th after her most recent 13th place finish in Japan while Tiana – Breeze de Mooij, Raiha Ensor, Ariana Shewry and Elin Tawharu all contest their first ever QS6,000.
Above: Kehu Butler - Photo: WSL
Ricardo Christie is playing the waiting game over in Hawaii, competing at the HIC Pro QS3000. There are some valuable points up for grabs and a Quarterfinals finish or better will help his overall qualification cause. Currently sitting in 20th place and looking to climb into the top ten, Ricardo will be focusing on the two QS10,000 events that bookend the season, for which the HIC Pro will be a valuable warm up.
Elliot Paerata – Reid took a first round exit at the HIC Pro earlier this week surfing under an injury cloud. He will hope to recover in time for his final two events of the year in China and Taiwan starting November 16th and push up the rankings from 242nd.
Back this side of the equator it was Billy Stairmand finding some late season form to post a third place finish at the Phillip Island Pro QS1000 this week. The result jumped Billy up 10 places to 122nd overall. The biggest mover of the Kiwis was Korbin Hutchings with a career best third place finish jumping him 163 places to 296th. The result may see Hutchings give some more focus to the Qualifying Series in 2018.
Six Kiwi males contested the Phillip Island Pro including Billy, Korbin, Kehu Butler, Daniel Farr and the Bowden brothers McKenzie and Tane.
Kehu, McKenzie and Tane will be back in action this week at the Men’s Port Stephens Toyota Pro which is a QS1000 event.
Watch all the action live via www.worldsurfleague.com
Key Qualifying Series Dates
Oct 27 – Nov 9, HIC Pro, Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Nov 2 – 5, Port Stephens Toyota Pro, NSW, Australia
Nov 12 – 24, Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Hawaii
Nov 16 – 19, Jeep Hainan Surfing Open, China
Nov 22 – 26, Taiwan Open of Surfing
Nov 25 – Dec 6, Vans World Cup, Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Current Kiwi Rankings
Ricardo Christie 20th
Billy Stairmand up 10 places to 122nd
Elliot Paerata-Reid 242nd
Daniel Farr up 20 places to 280th
Korbin Hutchings up 163 places to 296th
Kehu Butler up 57 places to 339th
McKenzie Bowden up 33 places to 508th
Tane Bowden up 188 places to 697th
Paige Hareb 9th
Ella Williams 40th
Tiana – Breeze de Mooij up 13 places to 177th
Raiha Ensor up 19 places to 194th
Ariana Shewry up 25 places to 231st
Jasmin Smith down 13 places to 335th
Elin Tawharu 374th