The Young Surfer Bethany Hamilton started surfing since a very young age. At age 13 she suffered a terrible accident, but that didnâ€™t stop her from surfing; she is an inspiration and a true hero and thatâ€™s why her story is coming to the big screen. Keep reading to know all about Bethany Hamilton a true Soul surfer plus photos and video below.
Bethany Meilani Hamilton is 19 years old, born in February of 1990 in Hanalei Bay, Kauai. Her parents Tom and Cheri are also formers surfers and the ones who taught Bethany how to surf; as she remembers it all started when she was about two years old along with two older brothers Tim and Noah. Bethany’s first competition was when she was 8 years old in the â€śRell Sunâ€ť in Makaka Beach even though she surfed against more experienced and older girls she won.
She competed for the first time professionally at the Haleiwa Menehune Championships in 2000. And ever since that time Bethany’s career was on a roll; she managed to get herself in the top places in the womenâ€™s category and menâ€™s.
Bethany joined Rip Curl as her new sponsor, now with the famous brand her surfing got everyoneâ€™s attention. At this time she has over eight sponsors by her side.
On October 31, 2003, Bethany Hamilton went with some of her best friends to hit the waves at a beach in Kauai, her mother went with her, but because the waves were not big enough and her father was supposed to have a minor surgery Cheri left Bethany and her friends and her friendâ€™s father. At about 7:00 am, a few yards offshore on a spot called the tunnels (itâ€™s called that because of the tubular waves) and while she was lying on her surfboard in the water, a tiger shark attacked her and ripped her left arm off almost completely. Her friends didn’t notice anything since there were no signs of struggle or splashing in the water, when the shark miraculously let her go, she informed her friends she was just attacked by a shark, who at first didnâ€™t believe her, but when they saw all the red water got worried it was worse than they thought. When they helped her back to the beach, they found out that her arm was gone, her friendâ€™s dad Holt Blanchard helped to stop the bleeding, but she lost about 70% of her blood. Reports said that a few days later a big tiger shark was caught near the spot where Bethany was attacked, but it was unsure if that was the same shark.
Bethany decided to go back to surfing. She explained that she loves it too much to quit. Only 10 weeks after the incident, she returned to surfing. Bethany chose a hand-made board that was a bit thicker, making it easier to swim and adjusted it with a little strap to help her. Bethany learned to swim with one arm really fast and the next year she was awarded for the Best Return Of an Athlete in the ESPY Awards.
In 2004, Hamilton won the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete of the Year and The Special Courage Award in the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.
Bethany’s amazing story has inspired millions of people. Hamilton’s book called Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, was published in 2004. In 2007 a documentary was filmed – â€śSoul Surferâ€ť, and was seen in major film festivals like Cannes and others.
Now director Sean Mcnamara (Bratz Movie) will bring her story to the big screen with Anna Sophia Robb (The Reaping, Race to Witch Mountain) as Bethany.
Bethany Hamiltonâ€™s family and herself thank God everyday for all they have and believes that she has a special purpose in life because she survived the attack. One her website you can witness her unbreakable faith for yourself.
Take a look at some photos plus the Video Below.
Bethany Hamilton Video.
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