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. Photo (c) WSL/Rowland.