SNZ Update - March 2018

Paige Hareb is about to kick off her return to the WSL Women’s World Tour in Australia this weekend.  It will be a massive return for the Taranaki surfer who spent three years working her way back onto the tour via the qualifying series.

The first event is the Roxy Pro being held at Snapper Rocks and the swell forecast looks amazing with two tropical cyclones lining up.  Paige will go up against Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Silvana Lima (BRA) in the first round of the event.

Follow the Kiwi’s progress at the first event and across all three Australian events in the coming six weeks via

Despite the big leagues about to kick off, our Kiwi surfers have been hitting the qualifying series hard over the summer months.  Most recently, Paige secured a third place finish at the Vissla Sydney Pro at Manly and she was followed closely by Ella Williams who finished ninth.  The two girls led the way for the Kiwis at the event with Ricardo Christie and Billy Stairmand dropping out in the early rounds of the men’s event.

Ricardo finished with a 17th at the Burton Automotive Pro at Newcastle, his best result this season and the best of the Kiwis at the event.

Elin Tawharu finished with a ninth at the Vissla Great Lakes Pro QS1000 while Elliot Paerata – Reid was the top male with a 17th place finish.

Kehu Butler (photo above) placed ninth at the Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro as the highest ranked Kiwi and his best result to date this year.

In the Australasian Pro Juniors, Kehu sits in third overall after a runner up finish and a third placed finish while Tane Bowden sits in 6th overall with 7th, 9th and 13th place finishes.  

Saffi Vette is the highest placed Kiwi girl in 21st overall after her most recent seventh place finish.  There are a further three events in the series with the Kiwis hunting a top four finish in order to qualify for the WSL World Junior Championship being held in January 2019.

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Current Kiwi Rankings

Ricardo Christie 52nd 

Kehu Butler 126th 

Korbin Hutchings 177th 

Billy Stairmand 217th 

Daniel Farr up 257th 

Elliot Paerata – Reid 268th 

McKenzie Bowden up 362nd 

Paige Hareb 7th

Ella Williams 31st 

Elin Tawharu 110th 

Raiha Ensor 114th 

Tiana – Breeze de Mooij 123rd 

Ariana Shewry 161st 

Saffi Vette 195th

Key WSL Dates

11 – 22 March – Roxy Pro World Tour, Gold Coast, Australia – Paige Hareb

11-16 March - Parpara Pro Open QS1000, Tahiti – Tiana – Breeze de Mooij and Ariana Shewry

17 – 24 March – Martinique Pro QS3000 – Ricardo Christie and Ella Williams

27 March – 1 April – Barbados Surf Pro QS3000 – Ella Williams

27 March 3 April – Wahine Surf Pro QS1000, Hawaii – Ariana Shewry

28 March – 8 April – Rip Curl Pro World Tour, Bells Beach, Australia – Paige Hareb

31 March – 2 April – VW Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro – Daniel Farr

11 – 22 April – Margaret River Pro World Tour, Western Australia – Paige Hareb

Have you completed the Surfing New Zealand strategic plan survey yet?  Get on line, fill out the quick 10 minute survey and help shape the future of surfing in New Zealand.  You can access the survey here.

Surfing New Zealand is currently working on a new strategic plan which will be published at the start of July.

The initial consultation process for the plan involves a quick 15 minute online survey which is currently live and runs through until Friday 16th March.

We encourage all New Zealand surfers to complete the survey so that we can gather as much feedback as possible before the next stage of consultation.  Below is the timeline that we will be working toward.

February 23rd – Send out strategic plan survey requesting feedback (surfers, clubs, industry)

March 16th – Survey closed.  Produce consultation document and form narrative around key strategic challenges that arise from survey
April 16th – Redistribute consultation document for further feedback (clubs and those that engaged with survey)
May 21st – Consultation closed.  Refine goals and strategic initiatives from feedback and add measures
June – Complete plan and distribute

Complete the online survey here.

For any further questions in relation to the survey, please contact Ben Kennings – [email protected]