New Zealand Surfing - - Introducing -

Hail­ing from Oakura Taranaki the now 27-yearold stepped into the spot­light when she fin­ished 2nd at the World Ju­nior Champs in 2007, and the fol­low­ing year took the World of surf­ing by storm when she qual­i­fied for the World Tour in 2008 at 19 years of age and in that same year won the 6Star Mar­garet River Mas­ters. In her very first World Tour event Paige fin­ished 3rd at the Roxy Pro at Snap­per elim­i­nated in the semi-fi­nals by Step Gil­more. Paige went on to re-qual­ify and spend 6 con­sec­u­tive years on the WSL Women’s World Tour, the only kiwi surfer to ever con­test the World Tour over mul­ti­ple years and be­ing ranked a ca­reer high 8th in the World in 2009. Paige was also in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing the Women’s World Tour event to NZ shores in Taranaki where she fin­ished 3rd in the 2012 event. She also fin­ished 2nd in the ISA World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in 2006 and a re­mark­able run­ner up 2nd place in the ISA World Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships in Peru in 2010. In 2017 Paige is back on the World Qual­i­fy­ing Se­ries and is cur­rently ranked 5th and poised well to re-qual­ify for the 2018 World Tour which will be her 7th year.

The tight back­hand power turn which took the world by storm at breaks such as Snap­per Rocks. Photo: Cory

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.