Wax Research Welcomes Bethany Hamilton to its 2011 Sticky Bumps Elite World Team

PRESS RELEASE February 2, 2011 - Sticky Bumps Surf Wax, a division of Wax Research Inc., is proud to announce that Bethany Hamilton has joined their Elite World Team, which also includes Hawaiians Alana Blanchard and Malia Manuel, Mexican Coco Nogales, Australian Dave Rastovich, and American Stand Up Paddler Brian Haag. Bethany was born February 8, 1990 in Lihue, HI. While surfing off Kauai's North Shore at the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany lost her left arm in an attack by a 14-foot tiger shark. Remarkably just one month afterward Bethany returned to the water to continue her passion of surfing as well as pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. Bethany is currently competing in the prestigious ASP World Professional Surfing Tour living her dream. In October 2004 Bethany shared her life story in the bestselling autobiographical book, Soul Surfer. She has become a source of inspiration to millions through her faith, determination and success. Recently FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures partnered to make Soul Surfer into a major motion picture set to be released to audiences worldwide April 8, 2011. "I'm stoked to be joining the Sticky Bumps team as a pro surfer," says Bethany. "I've used their products throughout my amateur career and I'm happy to still have a great grip while surfing on the ASP World Tour! I like how they are a family-run business as they make me feel a part of their family." (: "I can define 'courageous surfing' with two words - Bethany Hamilton," added Wax Research President John Dahl. "Bethany fits the most important criteria for a Sticky Bumps team rider, which is caring about the people at Wax Research and the products we make." About Wax Research Wax Research is recognized by the international surfing community as one of the original surf accessory companies. It was founded in 1972 by John Dahl with the purpose of manufacturing surf and ski waxes and accessories. Wax Research brands include Sticky Bumps, Ransom and WEND, and are sold by distributors worldwide. Its headquarters are located in Carlsbad, California, USA. www.stickybumps.com