Zazzle Shop

Screen printing

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bethany Hamilton: One-Arm Female Surfer

From :

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton

  • Home Town
    Kauai, Hawaii, USA
  • Date of Birth
    8th of February, 1990
  • Sport


Bethany Hamilton was born on February 8, 1990 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She is one of the most well known female surfers in the world. Bethany's parents were both surfers themselves and started her off at the sport at a very young age. Her two brothers Noah and Timmy also enjoyed surfing. By the time Bethany turned 7, she was surfing without any assistance and by the time she was 8, her parents entered her in the Rell Sun Menehune contest where she scored her first win.

Bethany received her first sponsor when she was 9 years old including Rip Curl and Hanalei Surf Co. In October of 2003, Bethany was surfing on the north shore of Kauai with a friend and her family when a 14 foot shark attacked her and severed her left arm. If she hadn't been with friends, it’s likely Bethany would have died from the attack but they were able to tourniquet her shoulder, bringing her to shore where an ambulance came to get her. Bethany returned to surfing one month after her accident and began competing again in January of 2004.

Involved in a lot of charity work, Bethany is the spokeswoman for the Beating The Odds Foundation as well as for World Vision International. Bethany's autobiography, ‘Soul Surfer’, was released in 2004 and adapted into a feature film in 2008. She also wrote a devotional book for teens called ‘Devotions for the Soul Surfer’ in 2006.

Bethany Hamilton- Career Highlights

Bethany's career highlights came from an early age. In 2002, Bethany took home second place in the Open Women's Divison of the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA). At the 2005 NSSA National Championships, Bethany took the first place prize at the Explorer Women's Division which was her first national title. Bethany took 3rd place at the Roxy Pro Women's Surf Festival which was a 6-Star Association of Surfing Professionals Women's World Qualifying Series Event. In July of 2004, Bethany won the ESPN ESPY award for the ‘Best Comeback Athlete’. In 2006, Bethany placed 3rd in a Billabong Pro Junior competition. 

More Videos Of Bethany Hamilton