TARANAKI, New Zealand (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) – The TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro has been called on for Round one of competition at Taranaki’s Fitzroy Beach. The surf is in the two-to-three foot (1.5 meter) range, with long left and rights on offer for the competitors to kick off their 2012 Dow AgroSciences Pro campaigns.
The Dow AgroSciences Pro, stop No. 3 of 7 on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour is set to make history, being the first ASP Women’s World Championship Tour event to feature three New Zealanders. ASP Women’s World Championship Tour campaigner Paige Hareb (NZL), 21, will be joined in the event by countrywomen Sarah Mason (NZL), 17, and event wildcard Gaby Sansom (NZL), 15.
Craig Williamson, TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival Director is excited to have the event up an running on Day 1 of the waiting period.
“The surf is getting better and better with the incoming tide,” Williamson said. “We’re going to run Round 1 of the Dow AgroSciences Pro, it’s a non-elimination Round and we’re looking forward to seeing the competitors go for broke. The local community are really proud of this event and excited to see three New Zealanders in the draw.”
The TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro holds a waiting period from April 11 through 15 and will be webcast LIVE via http://nzsurffestival.co.nz
Upcoming TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival Round 1 Match Ups:
Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sarah Mason (NZL), Gaby Sansom (NZL)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA), Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Pauline Ado (FRA)