Encouraging start for Hareb in Queensland
New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb made an encouraging start to the new world tour which opened in Queensland yesterday.
Hareb finished second in her first round heat of the US$120,000 Roxy Pr, held in small surf at Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast.
The 22-year-old Taranaki goofy-footer was involved in a high-profile heat against two Hawaiians - former world champion Carissa Moore and Alana Blanchard, the pin-up girl returning to the Dream Tour this year.
Moore was too busy, and too good, winning with a two wave score of 16.66 (out of 20).
Hareb scored 8.30 and 3.23 to be second with 11.53, while an error-prone Blanchard trailed on 7.76.
Hareb’s 8.30 featured several strong backhand moves and she will know she is in the range with her wave-scoring ability – if she can find enough good waves.
Moore went straight through to the third round with her win while Hareb and Blanchard face the sudden-death second round.
Other first round heat winners included five times world champion Steph Gilmore (Australia), world No 2 Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia), Coco Ho (Hawaii) and France’s Pauline Ado.
Ho produced the best heat score with 16.87.