Bethany Hamilton

Professional Surfer & Shark Attack Survivor; Inspiration for the Film "Soul Surfer"

Bethany Hamilton Biography

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, health, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Hamilton began surfing at a young age. At the age of 13, on October 31, 2003, Hamilton was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai's North Shore. The attack left Hamilton with a severed left arm. After losing over 60 percent of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Hamilton was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude.

Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Hamilton returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer; placing 5th in the Open Women's division of that contest. With no intention of stopping, Hamilton continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she took first place in the Explorer Women's division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships winning her first National Title. In 2007, Hamilton realized her dream and turned pro. Hamilton has since participated in numerous ASP and World Tour Events with her major highlight being a second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships.

Since losing her arm, Hamilton's story has been told in hundreds of media outlets and she has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements.

In October 2004, Hamilton shared her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer. Seven years later, the book was made into a major motion picture bearing the same title. Hamilton was portrayed by actress AnnaSophia Robb, but Hamilton herself performed all the one-armed surfing stunts in it.

Hamilton plays herself in the film Dolphin Tale 2, which revolves around the baby dolphin Hope's story. Hamilton and her husband, Adam Dirks, competed as a team on the 25th season of The Amazing Race, finishing in third place.

Hamilton is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Hamilton, which reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging a broken world by offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ. Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book Body and Soul in 2014. Other books Hamilton has written include Devotions for the Soul Surfer, Rise Above, A Soul Surfer Bible, Ask Bethany, and Clash, Burned, Storm, and Crunch.

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, a surf documentary which follows Hamilton's journey from childhood into motherhood – the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time, was released in 2019.

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Bethany Hamilton Videos

Bethany Hamilton UNSTOPPABLE Teaser
Home & Family - Shark Attack Survivor Bethany Hamilton
Surfer Bethany Hamilton Pursues her Passion Against All Odds

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Bethany Hamilton Videos

Bethany Hamilton UNSTOPPABLE Teaser
Home & Family - Shark Attack Survivor Bethany Hamilton
Surfer Bethany Hamilton Pursues her Passion Against All Odds
Interview with Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton, "Soul Surfer" - Staying True To Yourself

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