Following her victory at the ASP 6-Star Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River in 2008, Paige Hareb made history by becoming the first New Zealander to qualify for the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour. She debuted on the World Tour in December 2008 at the Billabong Pro in Hawaii where she won her second round heat, beating Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich, then world number two.
In her rookie year in 2009, she reached the semi-finals of the Roxy Pro in Coolangatta, Australia, and she has been a constant presence in the sport’s elite division ever since, with three top-ten overall finishes and a third-placed finish in a World tour event in 2012. She was also runner-up at the Ford Supergirl Pro at Oceanside, California in 2012 and 2013.
Born on 6th June 1990, Paige grew up beside the famed surf breaks of Taranaki on the North Island’s west coast. It was her father, a keen surfer, who first encouraged his daughter - aged six - into the surf at Oakura beach. Paige became a member of the Oakura Boardriders club, and started competing in local competitions in 2001. Her talent was soon obvious, with early successes including the Primary School National Surf Competition.
Goofy-footer Paige believes that surfing Taranaki’s varied breaks from a young age has equipped her with the skills to compete against the world’s best. The area’s proximity to snow has also helped her development - "braving the cold in New Zealand can only make surfing warmer waters easier," she says.