Bethany Hamilton found herself in the winner's circle after defeating the field of competitors at the ASP 1-star Surf n Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro, held at the one-and-only Banzai Pipeline!
Surf was 3-5 foot with rights and lefts coming into the break, not a typical Pipeline situation but great waves nonetheless. The first heat was the indicator, Bethany Hamilton was on fire pulling some giant snaps in both directions and snagging a cover up. She was after the Banzai Sushi award for the best tube ride right off the bat.
Bethany took charge in the final, taking lefts and rights and throwing giant turns with conviction. Hamilton won the event hands down.
“It was fun, it wasn’t exactly Pipe but better than most spots around the world that I surf,” said Bethany after her win. “I usually lose so this was great. In my first heat I got a little barrel and I wasn’t even expecting it but I always keep my eye out because you never know out here and I kind of tucked in and I made it out and that was a pleasant surprise.”
It has been ten years since Hamilton has one an event but has gotten close several times. This time the 24-year old inspirational surfer was there every day, practicing, ready, and determined to do her best in one of the best waves in the world! Hamilton takes home two thousand dollars for the win and captured the Banzai Sushi award for the best tube ride!
Surf n Sea Pipeline Pro Results:
1) Bethany Hamilton
2) Moana Jones
3) Sayuri Hashimoto
4) Dax McGill