Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton was born February 8, 1990 in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. She is most famous 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

1998Rell Sun Menehune1st
2002Open Women’s Division of the NSSA1st
2004NSSA National Competition1st
2005NSSA National Competition1st
2005O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro tournament1st
2006NSSA National Championship: 18-and-under Finalist5th
2006Hawaii Team Highlights4th & 5th
2007NSSA Regionals1st
2007T & C Pipeline Women’s Pro1st
2008US Open of Surfing—Huntington Beach, CA5th
2008Roxy Pro Surf Festival—Phillip Island3rd
2009Rio Surf International in Rio de Janeiro3rd
2009Billabong ASP World Junior Championship2nd
2014Surf ‘n’ Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro1st
2015Swatch Women’s Pro15th
2016Fiji Women’s Pro3rd

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

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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.