2019 #KiwiWSL: Still Battlin'

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Aotearoa's Ricardo Christie and Paige Hareb are still lingering near the bottom of their respective World Surfing League rankings after solid outings in Bali. Competing at the Corona Bali Protected event, Christie was knocked out at the Round of 32 stage to earn a 17th place finish and Hareb made it to what is essentially the same point on the women's side, losing in the Round of 16.

After coming 3rd in her first heat, Hareb then came 2nd in her elimination round heat which saw her progress to the next stage. Unfortunately Hareb came 2nd to Hawaiian Carissa Moore in the elimination round and then came up against Moore again in the next round, putting up a score of 11.57 via waves of 6.50 and 5.07. Moore racked up 12.56 (6.33/6.23) and knocked Hareb out of the competition than Aussie Stephanie Gilmore went on to win.

For Christie, he did a nice job to win his seeding round heat which allowed him to skip the elimination round. Christie then went down to Kolohe Andino, with Andino putting up two 7+ scores for a combined 14.54 and Christie could only manage 8.37 in response. Japan's Kanoa Igarashi went on to win the event.

Christie is now ranked 30th (of 40) with three results of 17, meaning that Christie has no '33rd' finishes which is the level below 17. That's kinda good and if Christie can settle on that baseline with a few better results in the coming months, he could sneak above the re-qualification line. Hareb is ranked 17th (off 22) with two 17 results and a 9th in Bali. Same story here for Hareb as she will need more of the 9's to climb the ladder and hit that re-qualification mark.

Next up is Margaret River Pro in Western Australia, which starts tomorrow.

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