Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton was born February 8, 1990 in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. She is most famous surfer girl for surviving a shark attack that happened on the island of Kauai in 2003. She lost her left arm in the attack, but that never slowed her down or hindered her spirit to continue to compete in professional surfing. Bethany is definitely honored as a top female surfer.

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Surfing Career

WSL 2016 Rank: 19

Year Event Place
2016 Fiji Women’s Pro 3rd
2015 Swatch Women’s Pro 15th
2014 Surf ‘n’ Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro 1st
2009 Rio Surf International in Rio de Janeiro 3rd
2009 Billabong ASP World Junior Championship 2nd
2008 US Open of Surfing—Huntington Beach, CA 5th
2008 Roxy Pro Surf Festival—Phillip Island 3rd
2007 NSSA Regionals 1st
2007 T & C Pipeline Women’s Pro 1st
2006 NSSA National Championship: 18-and-under Finalist 5th
2006 Hawaii Team Highlights 4th & 5th
2005 O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro tournament 1st
2005 NSSA National Competition 1st
2004 NSSA National Competition 1st
2002 Open Women’s Division of the NSSA 1st
1998 Rell Sun Menehune 1st

About the shark attack

Bethany Hamilton's SurfboardBethany Hamilton’s Surfboard that was in the shark attack, now on display at the Oceanside Surf Museum. Bethany was 13 years old when she was attacked by a tiger shark at Tunnels Beach on the island of Kauai. She was best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana’s father, Holt, and brother, Byron, when the attack occurred. The Blanchards got Bethany back to shore and was rushed to the hospital.

Fisherman Ralph Young had caught and killed a 14-foot tiger shark a mile from where the attack happened. They found surfboard debris in the shark and the measurement of its mouth matched the bite mark on Bethany’s surfboard.

It only took 1 month after the shark attack before Bethany was back to being a surfer girl. Her surfboards were customized with a handle for her right arm to hang onto as she paddles out into the waves. She learned to kick her feet so to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition and is now using a standardized short surfboard.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband, Adam.
From: Bethany’s Instagram.

Bethany’s Marriage

In 2012, Bethany Hamilton met her husband, Adam Dirks through mutual friends. They became engaged in April 2013. Bethany and Adam got married on August 18, 2013 on Kauai’s north shore, near where she grew up.

Bethany Hamilton’s Baby

In 2015, Hamilton gave birth to a son that was named Tobias.

Media Career

Movies: Soul Surfer, Heart of a Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story
Books: Body and Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life; A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Bethany’s Sponsors

Ripcurl | Cobian | Sticky Bumps | Futures Fins | Channel Islands Surfboards | XTR Epoxy Pro | Crush Sunglasses | Tampax | Damon Smile

Bethany Hamilton Videos

Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally
as a professional surfer, and motivational speaker.