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Hamilton earned her invitation to the 'Ultimate Tuberiding Contest' based on her solid credentials in big hollow surf, including a couple of freesurfing performances out at Padang Padang. Hamilton has also charged Teahupoo in Tahiti and is a regular at many of the lesser-known heavy reefbreaks near her home on Kauai. "I only surfed Padang Padang for two solid swells but I immediately fell in love with the wave," Hamilton said, "It's challenging but then once you get a barrel you are just so exhilarated." In 2003 Hamilton became arguably the world's most famous surfer when, at the age of 13, she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai's North Shore. The attack left Hamilton with a severed left arm. Just one month after the attack she returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal of becoming a pro surfer - which she has achieved.© 2014 Noah Hamilton/Rip Curl
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith