The last time Bethany competed on the QS with any serious undertones was in 2010. Since then a lot has changed in the sport of female surfing.
“It’s such a momentous time in women’s surfing,” Bethany continued. “With equal prize pay and the talent that is in our sport, it’s a really special time. I just like watching all of the women on Tour and it’s incredible just to surf with them – even outside of a heat. Their surfing is so amazing to me that it’s really compelled me to want to be a part of it.
“I put a lot of time into competitive surfing when I was younger, then in my 20s I really just dabbled. It’s really interesting to be 30 years old and really giving it a stab, but this time with two kids and a husband on the road with me.
“It’d be insane to qualify, but I’m okay with it either way it goes. I haven’t had a great start in these first two events but it’s such a long year and all it takes is two great results. I’m just staying calm and chipping away at some of the goals. I had a broken elbow injury that I’ve been recovering from over the last few months, and it was tricky not being able to do heat drills and event prep before the events. It’s so nice to be back in the water now though… I feel like I have a freshness in my surfing.”
After losing her arm in a shark attack in 2003, most people never thought Bethany would surf again – but within weeks, she was back on a board. Most people never thought she would compete again – but within a year, she was in a jersey and winning events. Most people look at her with two children and wonder… how does she do it?
But that’s what Bethany is used to. She’s built her career off making people ask that question – and she continues to break boundaries and push the limits of what’s possible.
This latest announcement falls in the same vein. If Bethany qualifies for the WSL Championship Tour she will not only solidify herself as one of the world’s best surfers, but she will be an inspiration of what’s possible for all the women out there asking the question… can I do it? Fitting, then, that this announcement falls on International Women’s Day.