Top New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb battled her way through to the fourth round of the United States Open in California today.
Hareb staged a late comeback to edge Hawaiian Coco Ho in their elimination second-round heat at Huntington Beach.
Hareb scored 13.76 out of a possible 20 for her two best waves to beat Ho's 13.43.
Ho took an early lead and consolidated that midway through the 30-minute heat.
With four minutes remaining, the Taranaki goofy-footer snared a decent wave and connected two powerful turns to post a 6.83 and take a lead she held through to the siren.
With surf conditions still average at best, Hareb (11.10) finished third in her fourth-round heat, which was won by Australian Steph Gilmore (14.16), with American Lakey Peterson (12.50) second.
Hareb will get a second chance at reaching the quarterfinals when she contests the fourth round, scheduled for tomorrow.
She will face France's Johanne Defay, with the loser eliminated and the winner through to the last eight.
Hareb, 16th in the rankings and desperately needing a good result to springboard her campaign over the second half of the season, is guaranteed a ninth placing and US$9500 (NZ$11,190) in California.
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