Hareb & Mason Rippin

Paige Hareb
Sarah Mason
Paige Hareb
Sarah Mason

At the TSB Women's Surf Festival in New Zealand, Our two locals Paige Hareb and Sarah Mason have excelled!! Sarah’s dream run continued this morning when she knocked out compatriot Paige in the quarter-finals. It was a tight affair withthe girls trading the lead in a contest surfed in difficult 2m cross-shore southwesterly conditions at New Plymouth’s Fitzroy Beach in New Zealand.   Hareb had the advantage after taking three early waves but a patient Mason hauled her in late in the heat.   A Taranaki local who is her second year on the ASP Women’s Tour, Hareb scored a 5.33 and a 6.5 but was left chasing a final wave score of 9.73 when Mason landed an 8.73 on her final wave to combine with an earlier 7.50.   On the hooter, Hareb looked to have a wave capable of challenging the required scored but it was ruled she took off too late.   “I was a little bit disappointed. I wish my last wave could’ve counted,” Hareb said immediately after the contest. “I heard the one count … I thought it was going to be close.”   Hareb praised the 15-year-old Mason for her patience.   “Sarah was ripping . . . so congratulations to her. “It was cool just having her in the event and it just shows how far girls’ surfing has come in New Zealand  in the last few years," the 19-year-old said.

Kiwi wildcard Sarah Mason's dream run came to an end in the semifinals where she was knocked out by Hawaiian Carissa Moore in improving conditions at New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach in New Zealand. The former Taranaki local had the better of the early exchanges with a 6.5 score trumping Moore's 5.83. The turning point came about midway through the contest when Carissa scored an 8.73, leaving Mason requiring a score of 8.07 to regain the lead. With Moore enjoying priority, the Hawaii was able to manage the remainder of the semi, forcing Mason to hunt down an elusive highscoring wave.

Mason said she had enjoyed the 2m offshore conditions "the swell cleaned up heaps and the waves got a lot better," but  curiously said she had no specific game plan going into the semi. "Just go out there and get some waves," her simply strategy.

Although Mason admitted she was a bit disappointed to have been eliminated she has had an amazing week, winning the NZ Women's Open -- to earn a wildcard into the ASP Women's World Tour event -- and the Australasian Junior Pro. Congrats Girls!!!