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Hawaii Surf Legends Compete for Four Seasons Surfing Championship Trophy in the Maldives

Competition is underway at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2016 with Day One seeing competitors return to basics and hitting the water on single fin boards. Taj Burrow (AUS) took out the division in pumping 3 to 4-foot clean right-handers at Sultans.

Kauai Women's surfer Bethanny Hamilton is competing against the guys.

Kauai Women’s surfer Bethany Hamilton is competing against the guys.

Burrow, who had only just ridden a single fin for the first time yesterday put on an amazing show all day pulling into barrels and smashing vertical re-entries on the groomed walls of Sultans.

In the final, Burrow came up against former Pipe Master Rob Machado (USA). The two went blow for blow but it was Burrow who came out on top with a heat total of 14.94 (out of a possible 20).

“Surfing in a final on a single fin against Rob Machado is like a dream,” Burrow said. “That was just so much fun, the waves are sick and my board felt really good. It’s a bit bigger than what I’m used to but you could really push it through turns. I’m just having such a sick time here on Kuda Huraa, we’re all being so spoiled.”

Machado, who was surfing on a board he shaped himself, was a real standout. Surfing a single fin at a wave like Sultans on your backhand is no easy task, but Machado made light work of it posting high heat scores all day.

“That was so fun out there,” Machado said. “The conditions are so dreamy today. It’s been so sick to catch up with Shane (Dorian) and the rest of the crew especially here in paradise. It doesn’t get any better.”

Last year’s event Champion Shane Dorian (HAW) came up against childhood friend and single fin master Machado in Semifinal two. Dorian tucked into a number of barrels for a heat total of 15.34 to tie with Machado who won on a count back due to receiving the highest single wave score of the heat.

“Rob and I have been competing against each other since we were kids,” Dorian said. “We’re good friends so it was super chilled out there. Rob is surfing as good as he ever has so it was sick to share waves with him. It’s just such a pleasure to be back at this event.”

Semifinal one was an amazing duel between Taj Burrow and WSL Deputy Commissioner and former CT competitor Travis Logie (ZAF). Logie’s backhand was on point going vertical on critical sections to earn himself a heat total of 17.06. He was unable to overcome Burrow’s division high score of 18.44.

“They were the best waves I’ve had in a heat in over ten years,” Logie said. “Taj was just getting tubes and I was doing a million turns, it was so fun. It’s always great when you both get opportunities. The conditions are perfect for a single fin, just so good.”

Jamie O'Brien in Kona recently.

Jamie O’Brien in Kona recently.

In one of the slower heats of the morning, Hawaii’s Jamie O’Brien was unable to find an early score as the ocean went flat. As the heat progressed he began to develop momentum as the waves built. Left needing a 8.40, O’Brien took off on one of the better looking waves of the heat pulling into a long barrel across the inside section; unfortunately it was after the siren and O’Brien bowed out of the day’s competition.

“This is such a unique contest,” O’Brien said. “When a wave comes through and it’s your turn, it’s a real treat; this wave is so perfect. It was a real challenge to ride the single find, you have to take off a bunch of talent and just go with the feel of it. It’s really cool out there, everyone was super relaxed so it was really cool.”

Local Trials Winner Hussain ‘Iboo’ Areef (MDV) had to ask a friend if he could borrow a single fin as the young Maldivian had never ridden one before. His lack of experience did not show as the goofy footer nailed backhand hit after backhand hit. His heat total of 12.40 was not enough to move into the Semifinals so Areef will now set his sights on the twin fin division.

“Riding a single fin is really different,” Areef said. “You have to really slow everything down. It was so cool to see Travis, Jamie and Shane surfing up close; they were all ripping. I surf out at Sultans a lot and it can get really busy so having it with only four people out there was awesome.”

Single Fin Division Results:

Round 1 –
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.67, Rob Machado (USA) 14.67, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 13.56
Heat 2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.93, Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.33, Iboo Areef (MDV) 12.44, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 7.86
Semifinals –
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.44, Travis Logie (ZAF) 17.06
Heat 2: Rob Machado (USA) 15.34, Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.34
Final: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.94, Rob Machado (USA) 14.00

Bethany Hamilton Selected for “The Amazing Race” Season 25

Hawaii Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark attack,  has been selected to participate in this years CBS Television Reality Show “The Amazing Race” which kicked off this morning in Times Square in New York City.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband will compete in this years Amazing Race.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks will compete in this years Amazing Race.

Here is the complete cast list, as provided by CBS:

  • Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks: married surfers from Princeville, Hawaii
  • Kym Perfetto and Alli Forsythe: urban bike racers from Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Amy DeJong and Maya Warren: food scientists from Madison, Wisc.
  • Lisa Thomson and Michelle Thomson: Realtor sisters from Miami, Fla.
  • Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo: firefighters from Boston, Mass.
  • Brooke Adams and Robbie E. Strauss: dating pro wrestlers from Houston, Texas, and Woodbridge, N.J., respectively.
  • Tim Tsao and Te Jay McGrath: college sweethearts from Pasadena, Calif.
  • Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour: model and accountant, respectively, from Tustin, Calif.
  • Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan: engaged couple from Nashville, Tenn.
  • Misti and Jim Raman: married dentists from Columbia, S.C.
  • Shelley and Nici Porter: mother/daughter from Detroit, Mich.

Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton Injured in Indonesia

Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton

ESPN is reporting that Bethany Hamilton was injured in Indonesia recently:

Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton underwent arm surgery Saturday to repair nerve damage suffered in a surfing accident incurred on June 22. She was on a boat trip with sponsor Rip Curl on Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands at the time…

…The injury occurred when Bethany fell and a surfboard fin sliced her bicep. The cut required 10 stitches, and Hamilton had lingering numbness from her pinky and ring finger up to the injury on the lower side of her arm. Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack off the North Shore of Kauai on Oct. 31, 2003. That incident and her recovery are the subject of the feature film ‘Soul Surfer,’ which was released in April.

While traveling home to Hawaii, Bethany saw a doctor in Singapore who concluded that the medial cutaneous nerve of her forearm had been injured but that her ulnar nerve was fine. However, a nerve specialist in Oahu determined Friday that she had been misdiagnosed and recommended immediate surgery…

More Here: Bethany Hamilton Undergoes Surgery

Billabong Girls in Hawaii, Parts 2 and 3

A few weeks ago I posted Part 1 of the Billabong Girls in Hawaii.

Ellie-Jean and Felicity at Rockie Point

Ellie-Jean and Felicity at Rockie Point

Well parts 2 and 3 are now online:

Part 2: Waimea Bay

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Part 3: Waikiki

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Sneak Preview of “Soul Surfer” the True Story of Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer is based on a true story, about a teenage girl, Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), who has to gain the courage to surf again, after losing her arm in a shark attack.

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Soul Surfer Begins Shooting in Hawaii Next Week – The Bethany Hamilton Story

Bethany Hamilton, the surfer on the North Shore of Oahu who lost her arm to a shark bite is about to have a Major Hollywood movie made about her story.

Carrie Underwood, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and others are scheduled to be part of the film which begins filming next week on the North Shore of Oahu.

Filmmaker Kevin Sorbo tweeted out the following a few days ago:

  1. i am so happy to be doing this movie. great story of overcoming tragedy. 5:23 AM Jan 16th from web
  2. Check this video out — Bethany Hamilton Tells Her Story…. http://youtu.be/duelon0MF2o i will meet her next week. 5:23 AM Jan 16th from web

  3. name of movie is ‘soul surfer’. touching story. i will be starring with dennis quaid, helen hunt, carrie underwood, anna sophia robb. 5:18 AM Jan 16th from web

  4. i am showing you this video because i will be shooting Bethany’s movie in hawaii. 6 week shoot in hawaii. start shooting jan. 25. 5:16 AM Jan 16th from web

  5. Check this video out — Heart of a Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story http://youtu.be/nnrpFWcFFxc 5:15 AM Jan 16th from web

  6. just booked a movie in hawaii…..details to follow! 2:55 PM Jan 15th from web

Shark Victim/Surfer Bethany Hamilton Designs a Slippah for Crocs

18 year old Bethany Hamilton from Kauai, who became famous when she lost her arm to a shark surfing, and made a spectacular comeback surfing with only one arm, has recently designed a pair of Slippahs for Crocs.

I myself think they are kind of ugly and just look like any other type of slippahs:

If your interested, they are selling for $19.99 here.