20 Sep 2018

Paige Hareb closes in on medal at World Surfing Games

12:30 pm on 20 September 2018

The Taranaki surfer Paige Hareb is one race away from a medal at the World Surfing Games in Japan.

Hareb is through to the last six in her event and helped New Zealand to eighth overall on the team rankings.

Despite being one heat away from the final and pressure mounting, Hareb has maintained that a podium finish has always been her goal even prior to the event starting.

Paige Hareb competing in Japan.

Paige Hareb competing in Japan. Photo: Supplied:ISA

"I'm happy with how it's going so far but yeah every heat gets harder and harder so for now I'm just concentrating on the next heat".

Hareb will ride off against South Africa's Bianca Buitendag, who she beat in the earlier rounds and Australians Holly Wawn and Sally Fitzgibbons with the topp two advancing to the final and third and fourth then competing in a repechage semifinal for one last chance to reach the final three.

However it could a couple of days before Hareb gets her chance to make the final with two potential lay days given the forecast is for a small swell.

The World Surfing Games are contested over seven days at Tahara Beach with over 200 athletes from 42 nations in attendance.

Team Points

1 USA 3920

2 Australia 3490

3 France 3375

4 Japan 3368

5 South Africa 2973

6 Peru 2605

7 Spain 2528

8 New Zealand 2415

9 Argentina 2340

10 Canada 2248

11 Portugal 2173

12 Costa Rica 1890

13 Great Britain 1850

14 Indonesia 1819

15 Chile 1660