Top Spot for Teen
Oakura surf champion Paige Hareb, 18, has earned herself a spot on the professional $US1 million World Championship Tour, one of only 18 places for the world’s top female surfers. From the 2008 Reef Hawaiian Pro competition, Hareb said she has been 90 per cent qualified since she finished second in Rio de Janeiro a couple of months ago. “I’ve been on edge since I worked out while the girls were surfing today that I had qualified, but I had to wait until afterwards when the competition finished for it to be official. I’m stoked,” Hareb said. She has a wildcard entry for the last pro event of the year in Maui next week after which she will compete at the Billabong world juniors (under-20) champs in Sydney on January 2.