Hawaiian surfer hero Bethany Hamilton has been named the Waterman of the Year 2017. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) decided to honor pro surfer Bethany Hamilton with the prestigious award for her inspirational work in the surfing community. Despite losing her left arm in a shark attack in 2003, the young and talented athlete didn’t stop surfing, competing and participating in motivational conferences and events.
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Bethany Hamilton is the Waterman of the Year 2017
Adriano de Souza conquered the 2017 Oi Rio Pro, in Saquarema, Brasil. The Brazilian surfer defeated Adrian Buchan in a nail-biting final held in front of a large crowd of fans. The six-to-eight foot waves on offer at Itaúna delivered the perfect conditions for a tactical battle. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been up here, but I’m so happy to win here in front of this crowd,” expressed an emotional De Souza, who hadn’t won a Championship Tour event since the 2015 Pipe Masters.
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Adriano de Souza wins the 2017 Oi Rio Pro
Kai Lenny has crossed all channels of the Hawaiian Islands to raise awareness of plastic pollution. The Downwind Voyage for Change was a huge success. The waterman completed the expedition using hydrofoils shortboards, kiteboards, and stand-up paddleboards. Lenny participated in local beach clean-ups at Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai every time he completed a crossing challenge.
John John Florence claimed his first victory on the Australian leg of World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour. The reigning world surfing champion defeated Kolohe Andino in the final of the 2017 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, held in six-to-eight foot surf at Main Break, in Western Australia. Florence displayed his powerful laybacks and rail carves to earn two excellent wave scores from the judges. The Hawaiian ended up with a total heat score of 19.03 points, and a new award for his trophy room.
Grant “Twiggy” Baker and Paige Alms have taken out the 2016/2017 Big Wave Tour (BWT) titles. The big wave surfing competition organized by the World Surf League (WSL) ran three events – Puerto Escondido Challenge, Peahi Challenge, and the Nazaré Challenge. Grant Baker kicked off the season with a victory in Mexico, kept his composure, and secured a third place in Hawaii, and a seventh finish in Portugal. With this results, the South African secures the second BWT trophy of his career, after winning the title in 2013.