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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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

Emmalou JANUARY 22, 2019
she is sooooooo inspiring

Poop JANUARY 16, 2019
I love How inspiring Bethany Hamilton truly is. she had her arm bit off and yet she still continues to surf to this day! She is so amazing and just fantastic that she even has a movie all about her. i suggest you watch it.

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