Rating: Women’s QS1,000; Men’s JQS1,000
Location: Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu
Event Window: March 21 – April 3
Haleiwa, Oahu, HAWAII – (Monday, March 20, 2017) — Inspirational surfer and phenom Bethany Hamilton (HAW) was awarded the wildcard slot for the World Surf League (WSL) Wahine Pipe Pro, her competitive debut for 2017, while North Shore notable Barron Mamiya (HAW) returned home for the Pipe Pro Junior event after clinching his second win of the season at the Papara Pro Junior Tahiti just last week. The holding period for the combined surfing events is March 21 – April 3, with a possible start tomorrow at 8am local time.
Hamilton, who earned legendary status after overcoming a shark attack in 2003, went on to fulfill a professional career in surfing and gained even more notoriety after beating the world’s best athletes as a wildcard in the 2016 Fiji Women’s Pro. Currently, her focus has been on her film Unstoppable, which releases this summer, and raising her toddler on Kauai.
With an insatiable energy for achievement, Hamilton was enthusiastic about her wildcard entry and the prospect of surfing world-famous Pipeline with only a few others. “Oh my goodness, I’m just looking forward to surfing good Pipe with the girls!” she said in an email interview. “And barrels!” The event will help prime her for other upcoming competition, including another appearance in the WSL Championship Tour (CT).
“I’m hoping to surf in Fiji this year again,” continued Hamilton. “Pipe will be great practice to surf heats, but really for me it is a passion event to surf Pipe!”
For more information head to WorldSurfLeague.com