Why Bethany Hamilton is my ROLE MODEL.

Bethany Hamilton is beautiful, awesome, and most of all…brave.

I think most of you know who Bethany Hamilton is. And if not I will make sure you know who she is :D. Bethany Hamilton was born in Lihue,Hawaii. She is a women who when she was 13 was brutally attacked by a shark at a beach in Hawaii. The shark obviously bit her left arm off and its a miracle she survived. She lost 60% of her blood. Here is some of the story:

“On October 31, 2003, at the age of 13, Hamilton went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with best friend Alana Blanchardand Alana’s father and brother. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14 to 15-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder. The Blanchards helped paddle her back to shore, then Alana’s father fashioned a tourniquet out of a surfboard leash and wrapped it around the stump of her arm, before she was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. By the time she arrived there she had lost over 60% of her blood and was in hypovolaemic shock. Her father, who was scheduled to have knee surgery that morning, was already at the hospital, but she took his place in the operating room. She spent a week in recovery before being released from the hospital. During subsequent media interviews, she confirmed that she felt normal when she was bitten and did not feel much pain from the bite at the moment of the disaster, but felt numb during the ambulance ride to the hospital.

When the news broke out of the shark attack, a family of fishermen led by a man named Ralph Young, presented to investigators photos of a 15-foot-long tiger shark they had caught and killed about one mile from the attack site. The shark had surfboard debris in its mouth. When measurements of the shark’s mouth were compared with those of Hamilton’s demolished surfboard, it matched. In late 2004, the police officially confirmed that the shark was the one that bit Bethany Hamilton.

Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Less than one month after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more 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. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards.

Hamilton’s broken bitten surfboard that she was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum” (Wikipedia.org)

One of the reasons why I admire her is because even if she had one less arm she overcame that and decided to return to professional surfing.

As of right now she is a professional surfer and married in August 17th,2013 in Kauai,Hawaii.

(I took this photo from People magazine)

Bethany Hamilton in my opinion is such a great example to everybody. Even if the shark bit her arm off she kept on going. She didn’t give up, she kept her faith in God, and was strong.  I remember somebody asked her in one of her interviews if she thought she was going to surf again and she responded: :”I think? I know I will surf again.” That had such an impact on me because she was confident and this showed that she was sure and knew that no matter what, she was definitely going to surf again. Hamilton never gave up. She even wrote about her experience in her autobiography  Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. 

Then on 2011 Soul Surfer the movie came out based on her book and life experience’s.

A young girl holds a surfboard at the beach. A section of her board is missing as if been bitten by a shark.

Starring AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton. I love and own that movie. I have watched it over 30 times. I never get tired of it.

In general I wanted to post this because Bethany is my role model and she has taught me to never give up even if there are obstacles along the way.

Photo by Noah Hamilton


2 thoughts on “Why Bethany Hamilton is my ROLE MODEL.

  1. I loved the book too, and it helped me to write some of the surfing scenes in my “Marina’s Tales” series. Bethany’s story is amazing, and it’s lovely to see her so happy on her wedding day! THANKS so much for posting!


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