Paige Hareb primed for packed schedule as qualifying series reaches business end

Paige Hareb is heading into the business end of the qualifying series.
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Paige Hareb is heading into the business end of the qualifying series.

Paige Hareb knows if there was ever a time to put her best performances together, it would be over the coming months. 

Eyeing a shot back on the World Surf League Championship Tour (CT), the Taranaki surfer heads to Japan this week as a crucial period on the qualifying series (QS) calendar rolls around.

Over the next six months, Hareb will go from country to country contesting the biggest events in the series, with the event at Shida Point in Japan starting on May 21.

The 26-year-old goofy footer heads to the event in fourth place on the QS, and said she has high expectations for the next three events. 

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"I want to get the results sooner rather than later. If I get good results at the next three events, say top five, I should have enough points to requalify," she said.

As well as vital QS points being on offer, Hareb will be taking notes on the wave at Shida Point, with the break proposed to be used for the 2020 Olympic Games. 

After the event in Japan, Hareb will be back in New Zealand for just four days before heading to Mexico, followed by a trip to Oceanside Pier in California, USA.

"The next three events have been pretty good to me over the past few years. I've had a few fifth places in Mexico and a few good results at Oceanside, so I've got pretty high expectations of myself at the next three events."

With Hareb still to surf in six competitions this year - two 3000 events and four 6000 events - a slip up at any of the first three wouldn't end her season by any means.

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However, should she secure the results she needs early, the pressure to simply requalify fades and the chance to achieve another dream becomes a reality. 

"I've talked about that and spoken to my parents about it. One of my goals is to win the qualifying series overall and if I get the results at the next few events I'll be in a great position to do that."

A top six finish in the series is required to qualify for the CT. Hareb heads to Japan with 6830 points to her name, just 5800 shy of the lowest qualifying total in 2016.

Major events remaining on the 2017 World Surf League women's qualifying series

❑ Ichinomiya Chiba Open. QS 3000. Shida Point, Ichinomiya, Chiba, Japan. May 21 - 28

❑ Los Cabos Open of Surf. QS 6000. Zippers, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. June 6-11

❑ Supergirl Pro. QS 6000. Oceanside Pier, California, USA. July 28 - 30

❑ Pantin Classic Galicia Pro. QS 6000. Playa Pantin, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain. August 29 - September 3 (tentative)

❑ White Buffalo Women's Pro. QS 3000. Maruki Point, Kamogawa, Chiba, Japan. October 26 - 29

❑ Sydney International Women's Pro. QS 6000. Cronulla, Sydney, Australia. November 2 - 5

 - Stuff

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