Kauai’s Bethany Hamilton advanced to the semifinals of the Fiji Women’s Pro on Monday before she was eliminated by the eventual winner, Johanne Defay of France.
Hamilton, a wildcard entry, lost in the first round to Nikki Van Dijk of Australia. But she rebounded in the second round Sunday to upset current world No. 1 Tyler Wright with a two-wave score of 16.10 in an elimination match, to Wright’s 14.90.
In the big win, Hamilton had scoring rides of 9.00 and 7.10.
The 26-year-old Hamilton won again in the third round, with a two-wave score of 15.47 to beat Stephanie Gilmore of Australia, 14.77, and Defay, 12.43.
In the quarterfinals, Hamilton edged Van Dijk, with a two-wave score of 12.33 to 11.26.
In the seminfinals, Defay caught a big first wave for a 9.20, and got an 8.27 on the second wave for a score of 17.47, while Hamilton posted scores of 4.23 and 6.83 for a combined 11.06.
Defay had scoring rides of 8.40 and 8.70 in the finals for a combined 17.10 to beat Oahu native Carissa Moore, who had rides of 6.67 and 4.03 for a combined 10.70.