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Bethany Hamilton

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DOB: February 8, 1990
Born: Lihue, Hawaii
Lives: Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 140 lbs
Stance: Natural
Sponsors: Rip Curl, Sticky Bumps, Channel Islands Surfboards, Future Fins
Shaper: Al Merrick
Board: 6’ 1” Channel Islands
Training Ground: Hanalei Bay
Favorite spot: Pine Trees, Kauai
Favorite Trick: kick-stall into the barrel
Surf News Rating: 9/10

Hawaii’s Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to billions through her remarkable story of faith, purpose, and hope. Born into a family unit of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton started surfing at a young age. At the age of 8, Bethany enrolled in her 1st surf contest, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she won both the short and long board classes. This triggered a love for surf competition within her spirit.

At the young age of 13, on October 31, 2003, Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing with Alana Blanchard and friends off Kauai’s North Shore. The shark attack left Bethany with a badly severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through numerous surgeries without fatal infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an incredibly positive mental attitude. Lifeguards and doctors consider her solid water sense and trust in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.

Miraculously, barely one month after the shark attack, Bethany Hamilton returned to the water to carry on following her goal to become a pro surfer. In January 2004, Bethany made her come back to surf contention; coming 5th in the Open Women’s class of that competition. Without any plan of ceasing, Bethany continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she won 1st place in the Explorer Women’s class of the 2005 NSSA National Championships - acquiring her 1st National Title.

In 2007, Bethany accomplished her dream and became pro. Bethany has since entered countless ASP and World Tour Events with her starring highlight being a 2nd place finish in the ASP 2009 World Jnr Championships.

In October 2004, Bethany Hamilton shared her inspiring life story in her autobiography titled Soul Surfer. Seven years afterwards, the book was made into a movie bearing the same title which was released in April, and on DVD in August, 2011. Additional books Bethany has written include “Devotions for the Soul Surfer,” “Rise Above,” A “Soul Surfer” Bible, “Ask Bethany,” and “Clash,” “Burned,” “Storm,” and “Crunch.” Furthermore, Bethany Hamilton was the inspiration behind Becky Baumgartner’s 2007 documentary titled Heart of a Soul Surfer.

From a tender age, Bethany’s parents instilled their faith in Jesus. Bethany’s grounding of faith has been her backbone; her source of truth, hope, and strength.

Away of the water, Bethany Hamilton has developed from a young adolescent girl with dreams of becoming a pro surfer into a 20 year old pro surfer with dreams of becoming a lighthouse of inspiration and hope. Through the platform of professional sport, Bethany has been able to touch a multitude of people with her message, charitable deeds, and general spirit. Bethany just founded her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which help shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire other people through her inspirational life story, and is involved in countless other charitable crusades.

"I just love surfing," says Bethany. "It's my love of surfing and life that makes me want to help people and show people around the world that anything is possible."

Bethany Hamilton's story is continually growing as she endeavours to be the greatest at whatever God calls her to do. The future is rightfully wide open for this young, mighty soul surfer!

Bethany Hamilton gets engaged – it was love at first jump The first thing Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks did was jump off a cliff together, you could say it was love at first jump! Arguably the worlds most famous surf girl, Bethany Hamilton, is officially off the market! According to a post on her website, her fiancee, Adam Dirks, professed his love for the [...]

Bethany Hamilton hangs out with Alana Blanchard On October 31st, 2003, at the age of 13, Bethanny Hamilton went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with best friend Alana Blanchard and Alana’s father and brother. She was lying on her surfboard with her left arm hanging in the water, when a 14-15 ft tiger shark attacked, severing her left arm just below the [...]


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