Top New Zealand women's surfers Paige Hareb and Sarah Mason face a slide in the world ratings after their disappointing exits from the latest stop of the Dream Tour in Brazil.
Both Kiwis were beaten in the elimination second round of the Billabong Pro at Arpoador in Rio de Janeiro yesterday.
Hareb could manage just 8.17 out of 20 for her two best waves in the small left-hand breaks.
Mason (10.00) was outclassed by Hawaiian Coco Ho (16.57).
Hareb and Mason must now regroup for the final two tournaments of the seven-contest circuit.
Taranaki's Hareb was No9 on the rankings going into Brazil with the top 10 gaining automatic qualification for next year's tour. She will need to rediscover her killer instincts in France and the United States in July.
Mason was 13th going into Brazil. Now an Australian resident, and with limited funding to contest the backup events, she needs to make the most of her injury wildcards in the last two World Tour events.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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