February 2, 2011
Sticky Bumps Surf Wax, a division of Wax Research Inc., is proud to announce that Bethany Hamilton has joined their Elite World Team, which also includes Hawaiians Alana Blanchard and Malia Manuel, Mexican Coco Nogales, Australian Dave Rastovich, and American Stand Up Paddler Brian Haag.
Bethany was born February 8, 1990 on Kauai, HI. Known in the industry for her powerful surfing, barrel riding and passion for big-waves. She was the runner up at the World Junior Pro in 2009, and is currently competing in the prestigious ASP World Professional Surfing Tour living her dream – and all with one arm!
Bethany shares her compelling life story in the bestselling autobiographical book, Soul Surfer. She has become a source of inspiration to millions through her faith, determination and success. Recently FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures partnered to make Soul Surfer into a major motion picture set to be released to audiences worldwide April 8, 2011.
“I’m stoked to be joining the Sticky Bumps team as a pro surfer,” says Bethany. “I’ve used their products throughout my amateur career and I’m happy to still have a great grip while surfing on the ASP World Tour! I like how they are a family-run business as they make me feel a part of their family.”
“I can define ‘courageous surfing’ with two words – Bethany Hamilton,” added Wax Research President John Dahl. “Bethany fits the most important criteria for a Sticky Bumps team rider, which is caring about the people at Wax Research and the products we make.”
About Wax Research
Wax Research is recognized by the international surfing community as one of the original surf accessory companies. It was founded in 1972 by John Dahl with the purpose of manufacturing surf and ski waxes and accessories. Wax Research brands include Sticky Bumps, Ransom and WEND, and are sold by distributors worldwide. Its headquarters are located in Carlsbad, California, USA.