Bethany Hamilton, the 22-year-old charger from Kauai, Hawaii, will be the first-ever woman surfer to compete in the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Invitational (July 15 – August 26). Awarded entry on a wildcard, Hamilton earned her invitation through solid credentials riding big, hollow surf and impressive freesurfing performances.
“The Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang is the longest running surf event in Indonesia so I am really stoked to get one of the wildcards.” said Hamilton, who arrived in Bali on Tuesday night. “It should be super sick to just go and surf Padang Padang with three other guys. Even though that is a little intimidating, I am just really excited for one day of epic barrel riding.”
For more information on the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang, go to www.ripcurl.com.