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...

3rd Place Finish | 2016 WSL Fiji Pro

Bethany Hamilton, global sporting icon and event wildcard finishes third in the WSL #FijiPro! Earning Bethany the best wildcard result in WSL competition since 2012. #GoBethany   Bethany was in sensational form at Fiji Women's Pro, eliminating WSL Jeep Rankings’ Leader Tyler Wright (AUS) in Round 2 before charging past six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Johanne Defay (FRA) in Round 3 to earn a spot in the event's Quarterfinals.   Hamilton unleashed clean, powerful snaps to earn a 15.47 heat score. Gilmore, with a 14.77 two-wave score, finished closely behind Hamilton. Defay earned a 7.50 to take control early in the heat, but was not able to find a second score to challenge Hamilton and Gilmore.   “Stephanie, Tyler and Carissa are three of my favorite female surfers, so it was daunting knowing I had Stephanie in my heat,” Hamilton said. “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...

Bethany to Compete in Fiji Women’s Pro

Bethany has been given the event wildcard for the World Surfing League's Fiji Women's Pro! Read More Watch Bethany and the rest of the Top 17 women pro surfers at the Fiji Women's Pro beginning May 29 and get instant updates on your phone with the WSL app. The action will stream live daily on the WSL website and app....

3rd Annual Bethany and Alana Keiki Classic

Community Surf Contest Brings Some Fun and Games to the Next Generation of Surfers Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard, two of the most influential female surfers in the world, in partnership with Rip Curl and Hanalei Surf Company, hosted the third annual Bethany and Alana Keiki Classic on Sunday, April 17th at their home break of Pine Trees, Hanalei, Kauai.  The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, but due to impending swell the event was moved to Sunday for safety reasons. The surf contest brought out the local community for an exciting day of surfing, beach games and the opportunity to interact with Bethany and Alana.   It was a rainy day at Pine Trees with gusty winds and challenging conditions. Unfortunately, due to the conditions the 10 and under boys and girls were not able to surf; instead the kids participated in competitive beach games. The boys 11-14 surfed two heats and a final and the girls 11-14 surfed one heat and a final. The competitors were judged on their best wave of the heat to advance to the finals. The goal of the surf contest was to create a relaxed, fun environment for the kids to practice their skills...

WSL Big Wave Awards Nominee

Bethany Hamilton adds to her legendary reputation by earning a nod as a Women's Best Performance finalist for the Big Wave Awards.   World Surf League reports: "Bethany Hamilton's tow-in session at Jaws on January 4, 2016 was the realization of one of her lifelong dreams. This video by Shannon Reporting was a submission in the Billabong Ride of the Year category, which, along with numerous still shots of Hamilton's performance that day, flooded the submissions box."   Now, the big wave charger is one of five nominees for 2016 Women's Best Performance!! The winner will be revealed at a gala awards ceremony in Southern California.   The Women's Best Performance Award is awarded to the female surfer who not only puts on the greatest number of outstanding performances in the most diverse number of venues, but also demonstrates a high level of excellence in water safety leadership. Both paddle-in and tow-in disciplines are considered....

Emoji Keyboard Launch with Damon™ System Braces

‘Soul Surfer’ Bethany Hamilton Teams Up with Damon™ System Braces to Launch Emoji Keyboard Surf the Waves, Give Braces the Thumbs Up and Embrace the Power of Your Smile with Free Emoji Keyboard App   Soul Surfer and former Damon™ System braces patient Bethany Hamilton is encouraging fans to embrace the power of their smile by teaming up with Damon System braces to launch a new interactive emoji keyboard. The Bethany Hamilton Damon™ Smile Emoji keyboard is comprised of 21 unique emojis that can be shared using popular messaging apps, including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and more. From winking smiley faces with braces to getting a thumbs up from Bethany, the Damon Braces inspired emojis celebrate self-confidence, encourage consumers to take pride in their unique qualities and embrace the positive impact of orthodontic treatment with braces. Visit the Apple iTunes or Google Play store to download the new keyboard for free.   “Whether you have one arm like me, are skilled with a special talent or wear braces, everyone is unique in their own way and that’s something we should always celebrate and embrace,” said Hamilton. “This new emoji keyboard makes expressing yourself even more fun and is the perfect way to rock the power...