Awarded Wildcard for Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro

The WSL announced today that Bethany will once again receive a wildcard entry into the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro. "It was an easy decision for WSL officials," says the WSL story, since Bethany "turned in an inspirational performance in 2016 that earned her a third -place finish, and a healthy number of global headlines."   [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [blockquote text='Last year was amazing, yet I know I have to focus and go into the event fresh; it is a new year and, as usual, competition will be tough. I feel like I am surfing better than ever, so I cannot help but be excited!' text_color='#6b6b6b' title_tag='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='yes' quote_icon_color='#6b6b6b' quote_icon_size='100'] - Bethany [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10']   Her experience growing up surfing in hollow reef waves in Hawaii made her quite comfortable surfing Fiji's shallow tubes and speedy walls, and because she's been busy chasing perfect surf for an upcoming movie over the past few months, her confidence is growing.   The women's event has a competitive window from May 28 - June 2, 2017. Surfline has delivered a promising forecast for the Fiji Women's Pro event window, be sure to check in on...

How to be Unstoppable and Live Life Fully

Bethany is featured on the podcast "Wild Ideas Worth Living" with host Shelby Stanger.   Bethany Hamilton’s Wild Idea: Surfing giant waves, having a family, giving back to others, and living life to the fullest no matter what.   Bethany Hamilton is one of the most empowering surfers of all time. She’s had many wild ideas, from continuing to surf despite losing her left arm, to surfing giant waves at Jaws in Maui last year, starting a non-profit to help others, having a baby, speaking in front of crowds of 20k plus, and now making a movie, Unstoppable. Because wild ideas require wild living, this interview was done from a cell phone on an island, so the sound is not perfect, but the message is still clear. Nothing gets in the away for Bethany in achieving her dreams.   Listen to this episode if you: – Are a Bethany Hamilton fan. – Are curious how long she can hold her breath. – Want to know how Bethany juggles her schedule. – Want to hear some of Bethany’s tricks and tips to life and surfing.   The Deep Dive 04:05 – Bethany discusses her wild idea. 05:55 – Bethany’s keys to success in public speaking. 08:40 – Bethany’s experience surfing 60 foot waves. 12:45 – How long...

Lieber Films Announces New Film Title: UNSTOPPABLE

Lieber Films announced this week a new title for Bethany's surf documentary project: BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE. The film, formerly known as "Surfs Like a Girl," chronicles the life and athletic career of the inspirational professional surfer.   The 2011 hit film SOUL SURFER, starring AnnaSophia Robb and Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt, was inspired by Bethany Hamilton’s real-life experience and dramatized her courage and determination to get back into the water after the tragic attack.   UNSTOPPABLE will be Bethany’s complete and untold story that follows her journey from childhood into motherhood - the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time.  In 2016 alone Bethany’s capacity to inspire reached new heights as she beat a six-time world champion and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Bethany is continuously rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete, and brings new meaning to the phrase “Surfs Like a Girl.”   The film is being directed and produced by Aaron Lieber. Jane Kelly Kosek of Meritage Pictures and Penny Edmiston ("Bones Brigade: An Autobiography") are producers on the film.   “We started production with support from a Kickstarter campaign...

Bethany Welcomed To Team Tige

Tige Boats is excited to welcome the inspirational Bethany Hamilton to the Tige family! Known as one of the world’s most brave women and a world ranked surfer, Bethany will now be adding the Tige wave to her surfing.   “Surfing is my passion, so taking it behind a boat is going to be a fun adventure,” stated Bethany. “I’m excited to be a part of the Tige family and represent the brand!”   Surfing behind Tige Boats is the latest trend to hit lakes around the world. To learn more about wakesurfing with Tige, check out Pro Surfer and TeamTige athlete Josh Kerr surfing the endless wave here.   At the age of thirteen, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within 2 years had won her first National title. Bethany’s legend status continued to rise at the 2016 Fiji Women’s Pro as she beat out the top world ranked women.   "Bethany is an icon and role model," stated Charlie Pigeon, Founder and CEO of Tige Boats. "Her story has inspired millions of people around the world. Bethany is the perfect fit for Tige and our culture.”   Bethany Hamilton was the...

Day 1 Swatch Womens Pro

Bethany Gives Tyler a Run for Her Money (Again) In a near-repeat of their Fiji battle, the Hawaiian Bethany Hamilton had the Jeep leader, Tyler Wright, on the ropes at Trestles, with Nikki Van Dijk taking the win. - WSL   It was a rough start to Round 1, Heat 3  at Day 1 of the WSL Swatch Women's Pro today, with a bit of a lull for the first ten minutes of the heat. Making the three competitors a little antsy down at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, CA.  Bethany held the lead after a few solid scores, but then lost it when Nikki Van Dijk turned out a good scoring ride near the end of the heat. Her final wave was so close but not quite enough to move her back to the lead.   She will move on to Round 2 where she has another matchup against current World #1 Tyler Wright.   The Swatch Women's Pro will stream live on the WSL website and app September 7th-18th and runs in conjunction with the Hurley Pro at Trestles....

Swatch Womens Pro Wildcard

Bethany Hamilton has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women's Pro for the second consecutive year. [picture above is her ripping at Trestles before the 2015 event]. This will mark her seventh appearance in a Championship Tour event and her second this season.   The Hawaiian previously caused a series of upsets at the Fiji Women's Pro earlier this year when she blazed through the draw, eliminating world No. 1 Tyler Wright and defeating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore on her way to the Semifinals.   Bethany will face Australians Tyler Wright and Nikki Van Dijk in Round 1 of competition.   "Lower Trestles is a really special place - the perfect platform to showcase women's surfing," said WSL Women's Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. "Bethany is an extremely talented surfer and we are very excited to have her back at the Swatch Women's Pro. After her incredible performance in Fiji, which is the best we've seen from a wildcard in some time, she has earned another opportunity to compete alongside the world's best."   The Swatch Women's Pro will stream live on the WSL website and app September 7th-18th and runs in conjunction with the Hurley Pro at Trestles, event No. 8 on the men's CT.   Content courtesy WSL....

Standout at Surfing Champions Trophy

Greeted by flawless 3-foot waves at the right-hand reef break of Sultans, Bethany and her fellow competitors arrived on the beautiful Island of Kuda Huraa and hit the water for the first time in preparation for Day 1 of the 2016 Four Season Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.   On her second time to the Maldives, as the lone female competitor, Bethany enjoyed the challenge of riding the different equipment required for the unique format of the Champions Trophy, which involves surfers competing on single-fins, twin-fins and thrusters over three separate competition days.   “My first surf was so fun – the conditions were perfect,” Hamilton said. “It’s been fun trying to figure out the different equipment and Sultans really is a perfect wave for trying different boards. It’s going to be really cool surfing with all these guys, I can’t wait.” [caption id="attachment_1845" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Bethany Hamilton (HAW) enjoying being back in the Maldives: Aaron Lieber[/caption]   Her competitors included the legends of the sport: Taj Burrow (AUS), the eventual event champion; Rob Machado; Travis Logie; Shane Dorian, and Jamie O'Brien, along with local goofy-foot ripper Hussain 'Iboo' Areef.   "It's been really cool to surf with Bethany; she is such an inspiration. I'm just loving it here," said...

How Baby Wearing Keeps Me Doing What I Love

Since becoming a mother I have joined a core- and dare I say, fanatical- group of babywearers! That's why I'm stoked to be partnering with Baby Tula to release a signature ‘Soul Surfer’ baby carrier design. Available through my Shop. Here's a bit of the story of our collaboration:   After my son, Tobias, was born, I went out of my way to "wear" him. A Baby Tula carrier was the perfect way to do that! I looked at his first 3 months as the 4th trimester, and made it a point to have lots of skin to skin contact and keep him bundled. It was a beautiful time to bond as child and parent, allowing him to grow in trust, and feel safe in his new environment. My husband, Adam, even wore Tobias a lot! We would take turns. In his first 3 months Tobias was a bit colicky, so we’d do nighttime walks up and down our driveway using the carrier, and it worked. It was a good way to keep him upright after feeds.   Out in public, I found wearing him would keep people’s hands off him more, and I liked that. There’s a time and a place to allow...

Challenge for 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Kuda Huraa Maldives, June 15, 2016 – The 2016 Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy line up is complete and it is one of the most star studded the unique event has seen. Joining Pipe specialists Jamie O’Brien, former Championship Tour competitor and WSL deputy commissioner Travis Logie and 2015 event champion Shane Dorian will be Taj Burrow,  Bethany Hamilton, Rob Machado and local champion Hussain 'Iboo' Areef.   [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [blockquote text='I am so excited to have fun surfing with the boys in the Maldives pristine waves. It will be fun and interesting competing on twin and single fin boards. I am looking forward to a cruise time with my family, enjoying our time in paradise.' text_color='#6b6b6b' title_tag='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='yes' quote_icon_color='#6b6b6b' quote_icon_size='100'] –Bethany Hamilton [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10']   Event co-ordinator, Mark Winson of Tropicsurf, predicts the most exciting year yet with this incredible and diverse line-up of competitors.   “There’s no guessing which way this will go, and that’s what makes it so exciting,” Winson said. “Spectators are in for an electrifying show of surfing skills.”   The 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy will run from August 8-14. For more information check back at www.worldsurfleague.com or...