April 13, 2008 – Margaret River, WA – Surfing history was created on the final day of the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River presented by O’Neill, as a new champion was crowned at Surfers Point. Paige Hareb (New Zealand) created her own piece of history, sealing her maiden professional tour victory in style.
In the Women’s competition, 17-year-old Hareb defeated Rosanne Hodge (South Africa) in a truly international Final. Hareb, who was extremely impressive throughout the entire competition, dazzled the crowd with an exciting brand of progressive surfing – becoming the first New Zealander in history to win a major event on the ASP Tour. “I’m so stoked,” she said. “I can’t believe I’ve won.”
In a very close affair, Hareb, with a cumulative total of 14.5 (out of a possible 20), was able to come from behind to take the title over Hodge, who scored a 13.57 (out of a possible 20). “I just tried to get off to a quick start and get the best waves I could to build my heat,” she said.
In addition to the US$4,000 first place prize, Hareb was awarded with 2,000 valuable WQS ratings points, boosting her fight for qualification on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.
Paige Hareb def. Rosanne Hodge
S1: Paige Hareb def. Rebecca Woods
S2: Rosanne Hodge def. Clair Bevilacqua