Mick Fanning and Bethany Hamilton to be inducted into Surfers’ Hall of Fame

The 2017 Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductees have been announced and the prestigious distinction will be given to Mick Fanning and Bethany Hamilton this summer. The duo will be inducted on Friday, August 4 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport in Huntington Beach, California.

Mick Fanning. Photo: Courtesy of Kirstin Scholtz/WSL

Fanning, a three-time world champion and current WSL Championship Tour competitor, has overcome a slew of personal tragedies throughout the years to become one of the best competitive surfers ever.

The 35-year-old Australian has lost two brothers, overcame a completely torn hamstring and was in a tussle with a great white shark during a contest at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa in 2014.

“Mick has overcome some major hurdles in his life while working his way to the top of the sport,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai in a press release.

“Throughout it all, Mick has always shown the heart of a champion and representing surfing in the most positive way. We are honored to be able to thank Mick for his achievements and contributions to our sport of surfing.”

Hamilton has overcome her own personal tragedy, having been attacked by a tiger shark at the age of thirteen and losing her left arm. Not to be deterred from her goal of becoming a professional surfer, 27-year-old Hamilton fought through adversity and achieved that goal — and then some.

A worldwide inspiration to all fighting through adversity, Hamilton has defied the odds by becoming one of the best female professional surfers (and all with one arm). She also tops social media in the surf world, has had a number-one New York Times best-selling book, had her story turned into a Hollywood feature film and recently became a mother.

“Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope,” said Pai. “We are honored to be able to thank Bethany for her achievements and her contributions to our surfing world!”

The duo will be joining the likes of surfing greats including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Andy Irons, Tom Curren, Greg Noll, Bruce Brown, Gerry Lopez and many other legends.

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony will see Fanning and Hamilton’s hand and footprints immortalized in cement.

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