In­spi­ra­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties and more for the ur­ban ad­ven­turer

Adventure - - Contents - In­ter­view by Cory Scott

His­tory books are filled with sto­ries of peo­ple who re­fused to give up and went on to achieve great­ness; Michael Jor­don was cut from his school bas­ket­ball team yet went on to be­come one of the world's best bas­ket­ball play­ers; Oprah Win­frey was fired from her job as a re­porter be­cause her bosses said she was “un­fit for TV" and went on to be­come the most suc­cess­ful TV host ever; and Walt Dis­ney was fired for not be­ing cre­ative enough and lack­ing ideas, yet went on to be­come the world most recog­nised cre­ative tal­ent. It just goes to show that you should not let fail­ure de­fine you.

On the other hand, Kiwi surfer, Paige Hareb, seemed to have a dream run to­wards achiev­ing her goal. She was tal­ented at many sports and could have had a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in soc­cer or ski­ing, how­ever she chose surf­ing. Her nat­u­ral tal­ent and ded­i­cated ap­proach al­lowed her to reach her goal at the young age of 17, mak­ing her one of the youngest to ever qual­ify for the world tour of surf­ing, and the first kiwi woman to ever do so, plac­ing her in the top 17 surfers in the world.

For 6 years we fol­lowed Paige on the world stage as she flew the Kiwi flag un­til 2014 when her dream run came to an end and she failed to re­qual­ify. For many elite ath­letes, 6 years amongst the top in the world would be con­sid­ered a good run, how­ever Paige knew she had more to give and was de­ter­mined not to give up. She spent the next three years work­ing on every as­pect of her surf­ing al­low­ing her fail­ures to drive her to im­prove and at the end of 2017, she re­qual­i­fied for the il­lus­tri­ous world tour.

- Im­age by New Bal­ance

Paige in train­ing

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