Shark attack survivor, global sporting icon and wildcard into the Fiji Women’s Pro, Bethany Hamilton was in sensational form throughout the contest. Bethany unleashed clean, powerful snaps to defeat some of the Tour’s most experienced competitors like Tyler Wright and Stephanie Gilmore.
Bethany said, “Stephanie, Tyler and Carissa are three of my favorite female surfers, so it was daunting knowing I had Stephanie in my heat,” she added, “I have so much respect for everyone on Tour. I have been dreaming of surfing and competing here, so I was excited to receive a Wildcard entry into this event. I am honored that I can inspire people. I know I am in a unique position to encourage young girls to make great decisions as they grow into women and to chase their dreams. Even after losing my arm, I am still doing everything I’ve hoped I could do with my future and even more. I think I am a reminder for the young girls that they can do it if they set their mind to it.”
“It was a great battle with Bethany,” said fellow competitor Tyler Wright after being defeated by her, “I’m stoked because she is the greatest human.” Bethany went on to surf in the semis where she was defeated by contest winner Johanne Defay.