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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Jinny Weasly from Newnan,GA SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
I'm super inspired by this, right now the whole world is going through a bit of a crisis and I cant go back to dance but I have a ballet bar at home and do whatever I can to keep dancing.

lollypop from Texas AUGUST 25, 2020
omg she is awesome

Hanna C. from Ohio OCTOBER 29, 2019
You are so inspirational to me! I watch your movies all of the time and you are so inspiring. I love you so much!!!!!

Naomi from Arizona OCTOBER 17, 2019
This was my favorite theme ever! Keep going Bethany!

Jeremy from MN OCTOBER 9, 2019
so awesome

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