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SOUL SURFER BETHANY HAMILTON RE-SIGNS WITH RIP CURL

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Costa Mesa, USA February 7 – Rip Curl International announced today that the surfing brand has happily re-signed Hawaiian professional surfer and long-time team rider Bethany Hamilton. Per company policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hamilton, who courageously returned to surfing after surviving the loss of her left arm in a 14-foot tiger shark attack while surfing off Kauai's North Shore in 2003, is the world's most recognised surfing figure, remaining a source of inspiration to millions of people around the world through her story of survival,
faith, determination and hope.

The 21-year-old [who tuns 22 on February 8] returned to the water a mere one month after the attack and has continued to compete amateur and more recently professional surfing contests in the eight years since. Her biggest results include winning the NSSA National Title in 2005 and a second-place finish at the ASP World Junior Championships in 2008.

Hamilton will spend a lot of time in the water in 2012, setting her focus on competing the ASP Women's World Tour and progressing her big wave surfing. She will kick off her competition campaign at next week's Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach, Australia.
"My surfing goals are to bring my full focus back to competing and finding the time to pursue bigger waves and tow surfing. I'm really looking forward to some surf-focused travel with the emphasis on barrels, fun and living the search."

Hamilton originally signed with Rip Curl in 1999 at age 9 after being scouted at a local Hawaiian junior surfing event.

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