Qualification requirements becoming more and more clear for Kiwi surfer Paige Hareb
In winning her first ever title on the World Surf League Championship Tour (CT) at California's Huntington Beach this week, American Sage Erickson gave Paige Hareb's requalification bid a nice boost.
Erickson, who currently leads the Qualifying Series (QS) rankings, earned the biggest win of her career beating Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb in the final of the Vans US Open of Surfing on Monday morning (NZ time).
In doing so, she jumped from ninth to sixth on the CT leaderboard, while Weston-Webb jumped from 10th to eighth.
For a CT surfer to retain her spot on the next year's women's world tour, she has to finish in the top 10 or qualify through the QS, where the top six qualify. As it stands, four of the top six on the QS are among the top 10 on the CT.
* Ricardo Christie moves up the Qualifying Series ladder at Vans US Open of Surfing
* Paige Hareb falls to eighth in Qualifying Series but remains in qualification picture
* Paige Hareb primed for packed schedule as qualifying series reaches business end
With Erickson, Weston-Webb and France's Johanne Defay all making it to at least the quarterfinals in California, they all look less likely to need the QS to hold their place on tour.
With just four events left on the CT this season, the trio are in prime position to maintain their spots - opening three spots on the QS.
And with just three meaningful events remaining on the QS, the picture starts to become clear for the Kiwi.
As it stands, Hareb is sitting just outside the top six on the QS, 720 points behind sixth place. To improve her situation, she will need to make round six at least at the next event, which is a QS6000 competition in Spain later this month.
A sixth-round exit would see her points total improve by 500, with a quarterfinal or better finish seeing her total improve by at least 1600.
Fellow Kiwi Ricardo Christie also saw his requalification chances get a boost at Huntington Beach, in the men's QS10,000 at the Vans US Open.
Christie surfed well all week to reach the quarterfinals of the event, where he was bested by eventual winner and Huntington local Kanoa Igarashi.
However, with a haul of 5200 points, Christie jumped back inside the top 10 on the men's QS ladder. For the men, a top 10 finish on the QS is required to make the jump to the World Tour.
Christie will now look to hold onto his position with nine meaningful events left on the men's calendar.
Current women's qualifying series top 10
1. Sage Erickson* (United States) - 12,650
2. Silvana Lima (Brazil) - 11,750
3. Tatiana Weston-Webb* (Hawaii) - 11,500
4. Johanne Defay* (France) - 11,200
5. Keely Andrew (Australia) - 10,400
6. Caroline Marks (United States) - 9630
7. Bronte Macaulay (Australia) - 9400
8. Paige Hareb (New Zealand) - 8910
9. Malia Manuel (Hawaii) - 8650
10. Claire Bevilacqua (Australia) - 8550
* Currently in the top 10 on the Championship Tour
What's left on Paige Hareb's schedule?
* Pantin Classic Galicia Pro. QS6000. Playa Pantin, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain. August 29 - September 3
* White Buffalo Women's Pro. QS3000. Maruki Point, Kamogawa, Chiba, Japan. October 26 - 29
* Sydney International Women's Pro. QS6000. Cronulla, Sydney, Australia. November 2 - 5