Top New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb made a disappointing start to her latest contest on the women's world tour when she lost her opening heat at the US Open at Huntington Beach, California, yesterday.
Taranaki's Hareb finished last in her three-woman heat, scoring a combined total of 10.43 out of 20 for her two best waves.
Hawaii's former world champion Carissa Moore won the heat with 15.87 and Peru's Sofia Mulanovich was second with 13.93. Hareb now faces an elimination heat in the second round against South African rookie Bianca Buitendag.
She needs a good result in California to push her claims for qualifying for next year's tour.
Fellow Kiwi Billy Stairmand, of Raglan, was a disappointing last in his fourth round heat of the men's competition, totalling 10.17, to exit the competition. Fairfax NZ
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