Paige Hareb is one of New Zealand's finest surfing assets, most recently repping the globe at the WSL's Founders' Cup. And just the other day, Paige suffered an encounter with a couple of rocks in Mexico, shattering her ribs in the process.
“Did a turn and jumped off right before a rock and was all sweet,” she says. “But came up right in front of it with my board touching it and me about a metre away.
“I couldn’t get my board in time before the next wave, so tried to swim sideways to the side of the rock but the next wave came super quick and slammed me sideways, hard, straight into it. I heard my ribs crack underwater. Broke ribs number 9 and 10. Could hardly breathe, somehow floated to shore and a local Mexican surfer finally helped drag me in after he thought I was waving at him and waved back at me twice.
“I have an abrasion on my right lung and some liquid inside from it. They were worried I had punctured my liver or lung which I nearly did, so lucky.
“Unfortunately, I have to pull out of the qs event here in Mexico and the WSL Jbay event for now. Absolutely gutted. A big thankyou to the guy that dragged me in.”
Here's to Paige making a speedy recovery.