UPSET RESULT: Bethany Hamilton defeated Tyler Wright.
UPSET RESULT: Bethany Hamilton defeated Tyler Wright. Ed Sloane

One-armed surfer wows on world tour

SURFING: While Sunshine Coast's Keely Andrew was eliminated from the Fiji Women's Pro on Monday, shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton caused a sensation by beating world number one Tyler Wright.

A wildcard entry into the event, the 26-year-old Hawaiian inspired many with her efforts at renowned Cloudreak.

She eliminated ratings leader Australian Tyler Wright in round two before beating six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, of Australia, and Johanne Defay, of France, in round three to earn a spot in Tuesday's quarterfinals.

"Even after losing my arm (in 2003), I am still doing everything I've hoped I could do with my future and even more," she said.

"I think I am a reminder for the young girls that they can do it if they set their mind to it."

Meanwhile, Andrew's hopes of re-qualifying for next year's World Championship Tour suffered a blow.

The rookie was eliminated in round two by South Africa's Bianca Buitendag 14.55 to 7.70.

She went into the event in 15th place on the leaderboard. There are five of 10 events remaining for her to force her way into the top-10 in the standings and earn a berth on next year's tour.


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