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Well, seeya later, excuses

Well, seeya later, excuses. Photo: Bethany Hamilton/Facebook

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Bethany Hamilton won the Surf N Sea Pipeline Pro. That is amazing. When The Inertia crew was in Hawaii for the Pipe contest over Christmas, we were graced with enormous, thumping Pipeline on more than one occasion. We did not paddle out into the melee on those big days – and not one of us has had to return from a shark attack.

The fact that Bethany has learned to surf again after the shark attack that took her arm is enough for most people to take notice. But winning a Pipe contest? Incredible. Every excuse I’ve ever made for anything in my entire life now looks stupid.

In a final that included three Hawaiians and a girl from Japan, Bethany took on Moana Jones, Dax McGill, and Sayuri Hashimoto. Her two scoring waves were a 7.25 and a 7.75, well ahead of the runner up, Moana Jones who held onto a 6.0 and a 6.10 in the fourth even of the Women’s QS.


  • Stu Azole

    Look, we can all agree that she’s a stud for coming back after the shark attack. But as a pro surfer, she’s average at best with or without both arms. As a certain point, this story has to be played out.

    • Jeff Byrnes

      Man, @Stu Azole and @Trogan Fan, not only are the two of you totally ignorant morons you are no doubt two of the biggest kooks to ever haunt these boards (and any board of any kind). How many of the female pros spend nearly an entire day sitting deep on Second Reef Pipe on one of the biggest swells of the season – with one hand tied behind their backs – and fade to set up into the pit? You’re both just bummed ’cause a one-armed woman rips and charges harder than the both of you clowns.

      Average? Nothing even remotely average about this; Bethany going big at Pipe:

      • Jeff Byrnes

        BTW, I paddled out early morning on this day when it was bigger. Bethany was already out. I saw Tamayo Perry on my way out and he claimed it was heavy and unruly – not pretty Pipe – and told me I needed a bigger board. There weren’t many people out and most of those who were sat wide on the shoulder. There were the odd Third Reefers and plenty of Second Reef wash-throughs, one of which pushed me in to First Reef where I took a solid 8 square on the head that destroyed my 6’8″ and washed me to Pupe’s before I could even get a wave.

  • Trogan Fan

    Look, all the real pros are in Oz. Anastasia Ashley won thic comp once too. You feel the same about her?

    • Jeff Byrnes

      AA won in marginal, small, cross-shore crap. Hamilton surfs the place when it’s bombing and chunky.

      For the first time in surfing history if someone says you surf Pipe like a one-armed chick they’re actually paying you a considerable compliment.

      But you’ll never hear those words, TF, ’cause you’re too big a kook and coward.

  • Trogan Fan

    Wah. She’s an inspiration, her surfing isn’t.

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