Image: Ripcurl Australia
Image: Ripcurl Australia

All round inspirational woman, Bethany Hamilton (HAW), has been awarded the coveted wildcard into the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles, California, and will compete alongside the world’s best female surfers in just two weeks time.

Bethany gave birth to son, Tobias, in June of this year and this the event will mark Bethany’s first appearance in competition since giving birth. Her last competitive event was the Women’s Pipe Invitational in December 2014 when she took on reigning six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), two-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and 2014 world title runner-up Tyler Wright (AUS) in double-overhead surf at Pipeline.

“Thrilled to accept the wildcard for the Swatch Women’s Pro,” Bethany said. “I have been surfing and competing at Lowers since I was a young girl and love the wave! Looking forward to getting a jersey back on amongst the best!”

“Bethany is one of the most inspiring surfers on the planet,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL Women’s Commissioner, said. “She’s incredibly powerful and tremendously talented and we’re very happy to announce she’ll compete alongside the world’s best at the upcoming Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles.”

Hamilton will take on current WSL No. 1 Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Silvana Lima (BRA) in the opening Round of competition.

The Swatch Women’s Pro will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL mobile app.