Rising above bethany hamilton
“People can do whatever they want if they just set their heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it.”

—Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton began surfing as a child and at age 11 participated in her first competition. Her plans of becoming a pro surfer were seemingly ended at age 13 when she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark on October 31, 2003 while surfing near Tunnels Beach in Hawaii. She lost her left arm just below her shoulder and miraculously survived the attack.

Within months, Bethany was back on her surfboard. She continues to pursue her dream of becoming a professional surfer and has entered numerous contests. She won 5th place at the 2004 National Scholastic Surfing Association Nationals Championships, has made the finals in several other events, and has won three contests. Her determination to rise above adversity continues to inspire the people around her.

Rising Above. Pass It On!

This billboard about Rising Above features Bethany Hamilton; surfer.

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Anonymous MAY 9, 2022
She is so brave to still be surfing. If that was me I would stay away from the ocean forever

puppi from iowa OCTOBER 20, 2021
her confidence is so pretty :)

Veronica Acevedo from Texas APRIL 7, 2021
I really admire her strength and passion to strive or achieve more in life no matter what obstacles she is facing. To me she is a go getter and that is what I like about her. Never give up no matter how the situation is.

alli JANUARY 15, 2021
Attacked by a tiger shark. glad she made it.

Marley from New York NOVEMBER 9, 2020
I think this is a very scary story but she worked through it to make her goal to be a really good surfer come true.

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