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Stevie

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Whether it's waves or the Internet, I'm always surfing

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Bethany Hamilton Fiji Pro 2016

I remember seeing Bethany throwing airs at Pine Trees (Kauai) a few years back, and I’ve had mad respect for her ever since.

She surfs better than most women, and she does it with only one arm!

So it was great to find out that she was awarded the wildcard entry to the upcoming Fiji Pro.

The new mom surfed giant Jaws earlier this year, so hopefully she’s prepared for the powerful surf at Cloudbreak. Aaron Gold almost drowned the other day, but the swell will be backing off by the time the contest starts (May 29th – June 3rd).

According to Surfline, “Reports are calling for double overhead surf through the weekend before fading to about head high waves at the start of the competition window.”

Bethany voiced her excitement for for the upcoming contest, while managing to throw in a subtle plug for her new film 😉

“It’s been an amazing year full of beauty and challenge becoming a mom but also continuing my surfing career. I’ve loved working hard and I am feeling strong and sharp. With a lot of cross training and coming off a recent surf trip filming my film Surfs Like a Girl I feel good heading into this contest.”

Bethany Hamilton ripping
Bethany Hamilton working on her new film. You won’t see maneuvers like this at Cloubreak though, watch for barrels instead.

Good luck Bethany!

Fiji Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:

Heat 1
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Malia Manuel (HAW)
Alessa Quizon (HAW)

Heat 2
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Keely Andrew (AUS)

Heat 3
Tyler Wright (AUS)
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Bethany Hamilton (HAW)

Heat 4
Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Coco Ho (HAW)

Heat 5
Carissa Moore (HAW)
Sage Erickson (USA)
Chelsea Tuach (BRB)

Heat 6
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Johanne Defay (FRA)
Laura Enever (AUS)

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GoPro/Drone Surf Edit

It’s been way too long since I did a POV mouth mount edit. The conditions this day were pretty bad (you won’t see a single other person surfing in the whole video) but I had to get it done.

Some people asked if we could combine the drone footage with the POV footage, so I gave it a shot with this video.

I surfed really early with the mouth mount, and then Anthony came down midday to film with his drone. I didn’t want the mouth mount to be seen in the drone footage, which is why I filmed at two different times.

I still tried to tie similar waves together from both angles. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
(Sorry for the water on the lens)

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Surfing Salt Creek

Salt Creek is kind of the halfway point between me (San Diego) and my buddy Ian (LA), so it’s a good spot to meet up for a surf session.

It’s usually a pretty consistent left, but this day had plenty of rights (probably from the straight West swell). It was really fun surfing for a couple hours, and then Ian stuck around to film for a couple more hours.

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Big Black's Beach

Just another huge El Nino swell here in San Diego!

I think I got to Black’s around 7:30am, but the tide was too high already. I didn’t see one single barrel ride the whole time I was filming.

Still massive waves though! Surfline said 6-10+ (good conditions), and I think they even updated it to 8-12+ later in the morning. The size kept the crowd at bay… there were a few unlucky guys that couldn’t make the paddle out, and had to give up and turn around.

Check out these bombs:

And the raw footage, for those of you who like it raw:

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