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BiographyBethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she won both the short and long board divisions. This sparked a love for surf competition within her spirit.
Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In January of 2004, Bethany made her return to surf competition; placing 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest. With no intention of stopping, Bethany continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she took 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title.
Since losing her arm, Bethany’s story has been told in hundreds of media outlets and she has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements. (See Awards & Appearances)
Out of the water, Bethany has grown from a young teenage girl with aspirations of becoming a professional surfer into a twenty-year old professional surfer with aspirations of becoming a beacon of inspiration and hope. Through the platform of professional sport, Bethany has been able to touch a large number of people with her message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. Bethany just launched her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which supports shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story, and is involved in numerous other charitable efforts. (See Give Back for more charitable partnerships)
Surfing career2010 –Bethany currently ranks 20th on the 2010 ASP Women’s Tour.
- Oct 7-11: WCT- Rip Curl Pro at Portugal: 9th Place
- Aug 23-29: Cabreiroa Surfing Girls at Pantin-Spain: 19th Place.
- Aug 10-15: Billabong Women’s Azores Island Pro at Sao Miguel-Azores Islands: 13th Place
- Aug 2-7: Hurley US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, CA- USA: 25th Place
- May 12-16: Swatch Hossegor Pro at Hossegor, Landes-France: 19TH Place
- May 7-9: Estoril Billabong Girls at Guincho, Cascais-Portal: 19th Place
- Mar 15-21: Drug Aware PRO at Margaret River, Australia: 25th Place
- Jan 9-17: The Billabong World Junior Championship at Sydney, Australia: 9th Place
- Finished 14th on ASP’s World Qualifying/Star series rankings
- Nov 27-28: WCT- Gidget Pro: 13th Place
- October: Rio Surf International in Rio de Janiero, Brazil: 3rd place
- July 18-19: Nike 6.0 Junior Pro: 9th Place
- July 22-25: Hurley US Open of Surfing: 13th Place
- May 1-3: Estoril Billabong Girls Pro: 25th Place
- May 30-April 5: Drug Aware Pro: 25th Place
- April 7-15: Women’s Pipeline Pro Fundraiser for Girl Scouts: 17th Place
- Jan 3-6: Billabong ASP World Junior Championship – AUS: 2nd Place
- Finished 14th on the ASP’s World Qualifying/Star Series Rankings
- Nov 12-23: Reef Hawaiian Pro – Alii Beach, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI, USA: 17th Place
- Oct 1-12: Rio de Janeiro International – BRAZIL: 9th Place.
- July 31-Aug 3: Billabong Girls Cascais Festival – Cascais, PORTUGAL: 13th Place
- July 23- 26: US Open of Surfing – Huntington Beach, CA: 5th Place
- June 30- July 5: Mr. Price Pro – Durban, SOUTH AFRICA: 25th Place
- June 17-21” Billabong ECO Surf Festival – BRAZIL: 19th Place
- April 7-12: Drug Aware Pro West AUSTRALIA: 13th Place
- Mar 31-April 5: Midori Pro – NSW, AUSTRALIA: 37th Place
- Mar 10-15: Arrive Alive Central Coast Pro NSW, Australia: 9th Place
- Jan 21-27: Roxy Pro Surf Festival – Phillip Island, AUS: 3rd Place
- Dec 26-27: Roxy Pro Hawaii (trials) – Sunset Beach, Oahu: DNQ
- Nov 12-14: Reef Hawaiian Pro – Haleiwa, OAHU, HI: 13th Place
- July 25-28: Honda/Oneill US Open of Surfing – CALIFORNIA: 13th Place
- Jul 1-10: Mr. Price Pro- Dairy Beach to New Pier in Durban: 25th Place
- Mar 18-21: NSSA Regionals: 5th Place
- Mar 8-17: Midori Pro – AUSTRALIA: Round of 72
- Mar 2-7: Women’s Pipeline Championship: 4th Place
- NSSA National Championship: 18-and-under Finalist: 5th place
- Competed on the ISA Hawaii Team.
- Hawaii Team Highlights: 4th at Brazil event and 5th at World Games event in USA.
- Champion in NSSA National Competition
- Champion O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro tournament.
- Jan: First competition with one arm: NSSA Regional Event: 5th place
- NSSA National Championship: 18-and-under Finalist
- NSSA National Championships: 2nd place
- Nov 26, 2003 (26 days after the shark bite): Returned to surfing with only one arm