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One comeback, one retirement - Hurley/Swatch Pro 2015

  • One comeback, one retirement - Hurley/Swatch Pro 2015

(Updated results) It's hard to believe that the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro are upon us again. Time flies when you're surfing. Or not.

The attention-grabbing news this time around? Bethany Hamilton competing post-baby for the first time, and Freddy Patachia Jr retiring.

Hamilton’s already known for being one strong and determined individual – surfing competitively despite losing her arm to a shark when she was 14. Now, competing after giving birth just three months ago? That's rare in the surfing world.

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Meanwhile, Patachia Jr withdrew from the event, and announced his retirement. How he did it was classic. Round 1 heat against Gabriel Medina. As we’d expect, Medina was leading. Then Patacchia scored an 8.8, then… a perfect 10. After which he headed straight to the beach to announce his retirement. After 11 years, this CT staple retired like a boss.

Some results from Hurley Pro: 

John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Miguel Pupo and Filipe Toledo won their Round 2 heats. Aussies are doing better this time round with Bede Durbridge and Joel Parkinson winning their heats.

Some results from Swatch Women's Pro: 

Lakey Peterson is through after taking down Malia Manuel. Tatiana Weston-Webb defeated Bianca Buitendag. Carissa Moore and Sally Fitzgibbons are safely through, and Courtney Conlogue continues her winning streak against Bethany Hamilton and Nikki van Dyk. 

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