No Active Storms
Please login to use favourites.
by Ed Temperley on Wednesday 25th July, 2012 33899 Views
1 of 3
RIP CURL invite Bethany Hamilton to compete at the 2012 Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang
Hamilton from Kauai, at the sprightly age of 22-years-old will be the first-ever woman surfer to compete in the Rip Curl Cup: an event which needs just one day of perfect surf between July 15 and August 26. The fearless goofy-footer known for her exploits in powerful waves is relishing the opportunity to go up against the boys and surf against some of the best barrel riders on the planet.
"The Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang is the longest running surf event in Indonesia so I am really stoked to get one of the wildcards." said Hamilton, who arrived in Bali on Tuesday night. "It should be super sick to just go and surf Padang Padang with three other guys. Even though that is a little intimidating, I am just really excited for one day of epic barrel riding." © 2013 Rip Curl
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. © 2013 Noah Hamilton/Rip Curl
Hamilton has competed in many ASP Women's World Tour events since turning pro in 2007, but the 2012 Rip Curl Cup will be her first time competing against male surfers in a professional surf contest. In her opening round heat at Padang Padang, Hamilton will surf against Laurie Towner (Australia) and local surfers Mustofa Jeksen (Kuta) and Made Lana (Uluwatu).
Contest Director Pete Matthews also commented: "We're stoked to be in a position to award Bethany a wildcard spot into the main event, we've been discussing it for a few years now after seeing her charge the waves at Padang on each visit to Bali. With the opportunity of surfing with only 3 others in the water, I'm sure Bethany is keen to dominate the uncrowded line-up and with her incredible barrel-riding skills, she will be one to watch'.
Keep up to date with all the comp news here. © 2013 Hamish/Rip Curl
33899 Visits -
The third day at the End of the Road spanned the paddle tow divide with inevitable consequences.
A reality check from the reef at Teahupoo, teeth-to-the-reef horror and jail-breaking Tahitian hospitals
A few nice waves in the Mentawai, especially at Lances Left
Day two commenced with disaster and ended in triumph at The End of The Road.
Adventures in the mysterious continent.
Ex-Teahupoo swell will provide power across the South Pacific especially South Shore of Hawaii.
Get the ultimate Magicseaweed.com experience with MSW Pro
Are you already a member? Login