Paige Frances Hareb is a professional surfer from Oakura Beach, New Zealand. In December 2008 she became the first New Zealand woman to qualify for the ASP Women’s World Tour.
She debuted on the ASP World Tour in December 2008 at the Billabong Pro in Hawaii where she won her second round heat, beating world no.2 Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich. In her rookie year of the 2009 World Tour she reached the semi-finals of the Roxy Pro in Coolangatta, Australia before being beaten by eventual winner, Gilmore. Hareb was 2009 Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year. Hareb placed 3rd in the April 2012 Dow Agro Sciences Pro Tournament, in New Plymouth.
She has been surfing against the World’s best since 2008. This year, 2014, will be her sixth consecutive year on the World Tour and she will be competing in at least 17 events around the World including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, America and parts of Europe.
Paige Hareb is world leading professional surfer from New Zealand. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You must have begun surfing at an early age and has reached one of the landmark in your surfing career this year by competing on the World Professional Surfing Tour in about 17 events around the World. Tell us about your journey in your professional surfing career and what factors you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
Ms. Paige Hareb:
Yeah this year is my sixth consecutive year on the ASP Women’s World tour, it’s gone so quick! I started surfing when I was six and now I’m 24 years old. My Dad got me into surfing but I did and played a lot of other sport right up until the age of 16 when everything started clashing and I had to make decisions. I was in the NZ soccer academy, the Wanaka ski academy, rep basketball teams and loved tennis and of course surfing too.
I was more serious with all my other sports and surfing to me was the ‘fun’ one although I still did competitions and liked competing. Surfing sort of chose me, I won a lot of my age divisions going through the ranks and one step lead to another getting me to where I am today. I still would be on tour now if it wasn’t for my current sponsors, DHL, Subaru NZ, MtWoodgee surfboards, SevenT and of course my parents.
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