Master and Apprentice: Bethany Hamilton and Erin Brooks

21 Sep 2020 0 Share

When Erin Brooks was nine and at the very beginning of her surfing journey, she met Bethany Hamilton. Not long after, Bethany took Erin under her wing. Fast-forward four years, and the two reunited in Waco, Texas, where they spent three days lighting up the BSR Surf Resort with some technical tube-riding, powerful carves and effortless aerials from dawn to dusk.

Bethany, 30, and Erin, 13, are at the forefront of the new wave of female surfing progression — whether it’s charging waves of consequence or stomping no-grab air-reverses. And while the BSR pool doesn’t really offer the former, its ultra-consistent ramps provided plenty of the latter. In fact, many would say that BSR is the ultimate training ground for ramping up one’s air game.

“It’s almost like surfing in a skate park!” said Erin. “I love doing airs because they are so challenging. There are so many that I want to learn, but the one I want to learn the most right now is a Kerrupt Flip.”

All these years later, Bethany and Erin’s big sister/little sister bond remains intact. Throughout their time in Waco, the experienced master offered a wealth of advice to her eager apprentice — from competitive adversity and the QS grind to constant travel and overcoming life’s hurdles — which Erin soaked up like a sponge.

“Bethany has taught me to never give up, no matter what I’m facing in life,” Erin finished. “She also shows kindness to everyone she meets, and I try to do the same. Bethany never lets fear or excuses get in the way of accomplishing her goals.”

Tags: Bethany Hamilton , Erin Brooks (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Latest News
Sean Doherty: Somewhere Between 'Searching for Tom Curren' and 'Eraserhead'

Sean Doherty: Somewhere Between 'Searching for Tom Curren' and 'Eraserhead'

The Story Behind Tom Curren's Offbeat New Search Vid

3 29 Jan 2021
Nick Carroll: WSL Adds a Fourth CT To Australia in 2021?

Nick Carroll: WSL Adds a Fourth CT To Australia in 2021?

Australia, All of Australia, May Soon Be a CT Bubble

6 29 Jan 2021
Watch: The New Tom Curren "Search" Movie is All-Time

Watch: The New Tom Curren "Search" Movie is All-Time

It's called Free Scrubber

4 28 Jan 2021
Recent

Sean Doherty: Somewhere Between 'Searching for Tom Curren' and 'Eraserhead'

The Story Behind Tom Curren's Offbeat New Search Vid

3 29 Jan 2021
Nick Carroll: WSL Adds a Fourth CT To Australia in 2021?

Nick Carroll: WSL Adds a Fourth CT To Australia in 2021?

6 29 Jan 2021
Watch: The New Tom Curren "Search" Movie is All-Time

Watch: The New Tom Curren "Search" Movie is All-Time

4 28 Jan 2021
Five Rides (And a Wipeout) From New South Wales Super Session

Five Rides (And a Wipeout) From New South Wales Super Session

3 26 Jan 2021
Video: Connor O'Leary's Backhand Surfing Is Worth Hitting Replay For

Video: Connor O'Leary's Backhand Surfing Is Worth Hitting Replay For

3 25 Jan 2021
Latest News

Sean Doherty: Somewhere Between 'Searching for Tom Curren' and 'Eraserhead'

The Story Behind Tom Curren's Offbeat New Search Vid

Nick Carroll: WSL Adds a Fourth CT To Australia in 2021?

Australia, All of Australia, May Soon Be a CT Bubble

Five Rides (And a Wipeout) From New South Wales Super Session

Pipeline comes to Australia's East Coast, featuring Paul Morgan, Laurie Towner, Matt Dunsmore and more

Popular This Week

OUR EPIC LONG WEEKEND

Almost the day of dreams. Almost.

Video: The Fizzlot kids – SW Grom Bash

A stoked out portrait of Australian Junior Surfing in the year 2018.

Padang Comes to Life as Late Season Swell hits Bali

Golden hour at perfect Padang Padang - it's been a good week to be in Bali... Photo: Childs

Go to Top