- WSL / Sean Rowland
- WSL / Sean Rowland
After a third-place finish in Fiji, Bethany Hamilton was awarded a wildcard for the Swatch Women's Pro at Lower Trestles, starting Sept. 7.

Bethany Hamilton has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women's Pro for the second consecutive year. This will mark Hamilton's seventh appearance in a Championship Tour event and her second this season.

Bethany Hamilton during Round Two. Bethany last competed in May at the Fiji Women's Pro, where she took down some of the tour's top surfers. - WSL / Ed Sloane

The Hawaiian previously caused a series of upsets at the Fiji Women's Pro earlier this year when she blazed through the draw, eliminating world No. 1 Tyler Wright and defeating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore on her way to the Semifinals.

Hamilton will face Australians Tyler Wright and Nikki Van Dijk in Round 1 of competition.

"Lower Trestles is a really special place - the perfect platform to showcase women's surfing," said WSL Women's Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. "Bethany is an extremely talented surfer and we are very excited to have her back at the Swatch Women's Pro. After her incredible performance in Fiji, which is the best we've seen from a wildcard in some time, she has earned another opportunity to compete alongside the world's best."

Bethany Hamilton with her baby Tobias and her husband Adam Dirks at the Swatch Womens Pro. This time last year, Hamilton and her husband, Adam Dirks, had just had their first child, Tobias. - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz

With just four events remaining on this year's CT, the Swatch Women's Pro will be a crucial stop in the battle for this year's world surfing crown and an opportunity for surfers to gain vital points towards requalification. The highly anticipated event will feature WSL's Top 17 at one of the most high-performance waves on the planet.

Tyler Wright winning her Round 3 heat. Australian Tyler Wright will arrive at Lower Trestles wearing the Jeep Leader's yellow jersey. In the 2015 contest, she finished in the Quarters. - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz

Wright heads into the event as the Jeep Ratings' Leader after a strong third-place finish at the Vans US Open of Surfing. The Australian has had a fantastic 2016 season so far, claiming three out of six CT event wins, and is eager to increase her lead in the Top 17 with another win at Lower Trestles.

Wright is followed closely by Southern Californian Courtney Conlogue, No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard, who sits 550 points behind the Australian. Conlogue has proven herself to be a serious title contender this season, with strong top five showings at all events this year and a win at Bells Beach. Conlogue will be looking closely at Wright during this event, in order to take back the coveted yellow Jeep Leader's Jersey.

Courtney Conlogue scoring a 9.17 in Round 1. Courtney Conlogue, current World No. 2, also finished in the Quarters at Trestles last year. - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz

Two-time defending event winner and reigning three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore has yet to lock in an event win this season, but will be keen to defend her prestigious title at Lowers.

Lakey Peterson was on her game and will be advancing to the Quarterfinals. Lakey Peterson won at Trestles in 2012 and made the Semis in 2015. - WSL / Sean Rowland

Lakey Peterson, 2012 event winner, made her 2016 debut at the Vans US Open of Surfing after a sidelining injury. Peterson proved that she is back in form with her incredible run in Huntington Beach, where the Californian did not drop a heat until her Semifinal loss to eventual event winner Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW).

The Swatch Women's Pro will stream live on the WSL website and app September 7th-18th and runs in conjunction with the Hurley Pro at Trestles, event No. 8 on the men's CT.

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