While most of us were focused on Warriors/Thunder Game 7 and the start of the Stanley Cup Finals, soul surfer Bethany Hamilton was shredding in Fiji at a World Surf League (WSL) competition yesterday.
You might know Hamilton best from her story of surviving a shark attack. In 2005, Hamilton was an up-and-coming 13-year-old surfer when she was bit by a tiger shark. She lost her arm, but a month later was back on a board. She still surfs, and is an advocate for healthy eating — something she talked with SI Kids about in 2014.
Hamilton competes pretty regularly — the WSL tour event in Fiji was her fifth this year — but she’s not considered one of the world’s top surfers. Still, she was invited to Fiji as a wild card and made the most of the opportunity.
She got off to a rocky start, finishing third the first round. But in the second round she defeated Tyler Wright, the top-ranked surfer in the world, won the third round, then won again in the quarterfinals. Hamilton lost in the semis to eventual champion Johanne Defay, but came out of the event in third place.
“I knew once I beat Tyler I could beat anyone,” Hamilton, 26, said after the third round. “At the end of the day, it’s just putting it together and catching the right waves and surfing my best. I know I can compete well against these girls.”
Check out this video of Hamilton tearing it up in her second round run:
Not sure what Bethany Hamilton would think of these pepperoni pizza shoes, designed by Nike SB and Skate Mental, but they’re definitely rad:
Keeping with the sartorial theme, the Shreveport Rafters FC will be wearing seersucker-inspired unis in its June 7 game against the New Orleans Jesters. Cool…?
Notre Dame broke out its new basketball uniforms at the 2013 Big East tournament, creating a wave of criticism. The neon lime-green uniforms may have tried to associate with the Irish, but it proved the Fighting Irish should stick to their traditional colors of blue and gold.
The Trenton Thunder were so excited to have Derek Jeter join the team as part of a rehab assignment in 2011, they designed these duds so he'd never forget his time there (as well as pay tribute to America).
The Disney-owned Ducks never shied away from promoting a particular movie franchise. In 1995-96, the uniform designers must've thought the studio was releasing a a mash-up between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Slap Shot . Thankfully, these were shelved after just one season.
The Wizards, who many fans consider to have at one time had the best uniforms in NBA history, were at the opposite side of the spectrum with this gold and black alternate jersey worn from 2006 to 2009.
Maryland defeated Miami 32-24, but the game was secondary to the debut of Maryland's new uniforms in 2011. The Terrapins wore white uniforms patterned after the state flag and helmets splashed with red and white on one side and black and yellow on the other.
The Browns returned to their "working-class origins" with these uniforms, which also come in brown and white.
Photo: Courtesy of Nike
Ugliest Uniforms in Sports History
A Man of His Word
So the Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals and will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second-straight year. Which is bad news for one Cavs fan who pledged to eat his shirt if Dub City made it to the Finals after falling behind 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Time to pay up, bro:
PS: Don’t try that at home.
PPS: Next time, shoot your video horizontally!
Speaking eating, best to be as far away from this HOLYCRAPTHATISAGIANTALLIGATOR!!