Pass It On®
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.
About This Billboard
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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WOW! Such Courage!!!!
Bethany Hamilton is my hero and other people too.
she is a brave girl
SHE IS STRONG AND KIND
This girl is my role model!!! #nevergiveup
I love you you are so BRAVE
Bethany Hamilton was a hero to many people of all ages...courage and inspiring to her story she is a hero and beautiful and nice and so many other things
This billbord is so powerful!!!!!
BETHANY IS VERY INSPIRING AND COOL! SHE IS SO COOL AND SO BRAVE;)
I AM SO PROUD OF BETHANY!!
i iam sorry for you i hope you ok
keep going coooool!
She is awesome
I like pie
This is really inspiring i loved the movie too
She changed a lot of life's
you are very inspirig
this is an inspiring story
you inspire me a latte
this is the best movie ever
Great movie,soul surfer
I love this story, your so inspirational
I like soul surfer
You worked hard and never gave up great job.you go girl keep doing what ever you do best. and you are a hero to many kids.
I loved this story she is so inspirational to everyone
I have seen the movie and she inspires me more and more
you did so great you are my hero
you do so good
Bethany Hamilton still inspires me
She kept on going!
She never quit.
She didn't give up that's what made her,her
She is my hero
I really like this article about bethany Hamilton.
My niece looks up to you
You inspire me! :)
She inspired me so much
This is awesome to see someone so courageous, doing what she loves even though it could have been the death of her!
i want to be like her someday.
You inspired me to never quit
she is cool she is inspiring
seen the movie incredible that she still is surfing
So sad yet inspirational -Katie benham
I love that movie
You are so awesome I am surfing all the time so i am following your steps
She is cool
You are awsome
Me and my sister look up to you
I've seen it 5 times in 1 year
i still haven't seen soul surfer
best person to look up tooooo
great job! keep doing great!
You are the most brave women I ever seen...
You are so brave to challenge your self to get right back out to the water and surf and I would love to meet you some time. P.S. I am going to be you for my biohgerphie tea at my school, I love you
she is brave
i love her she is so cool and surfing on one arm. and i meet her before
Your the best surfer plus you survived a shark attack. Your so cool.Rising Above. Pass It On!
you are so cool
You are a good role model for people with special needs
you teach people that no matter what life throws at you; you keep going forward :)
omg,your so cool,you survived a shark attack,and surfed with one arm
Your my hero. I believe in you. I LOVE your movie I LOVE that logo. Never stop no mater what. You are a surviver. Fame didn't change you at all.
I watch your movie last night it was amazing that you surf with one hand great job I'm your biggest fan
I've Watched the movie about her like 10 times!
you are my hero
omg i love u, u never gave up
She is a surviver
You are just the best bethany
I'm being just like her when I turn 13 year old
you the best and I LOVE YOUR MOVIE
i loved the movie. keep going, bethany!!!!!
I think you are brave!
she is really brave
That was good what you did and how you didn't give up on your self.
I hope you still surf.
Bethany, two years ago, I saw your movie... I got inspired... I wrote a million comments... and I started to surf. Ever since, the water has brought me joy... I am not afraid to try new things. So thank you, for helping me and introducing me to the water... and everybody who will read this comment.... Do the same.. it will make a difference in your life!!
I really like Bethany Hamilton, she's a great role-model! Because of her, I'm not afraid of the ocean anymore, and now I take surfing lessons with my friends.
I love you Bethany!
You're so determined and hardworking and always achieving your goals. Your one of my role models and I look up to if i look down on myself.
Amazing and inspiring!
I loved your'e movie soul surfer. I wish I could meet you in person one day.
She is courageous!
this is such a touching story.
So awesome and inspiring!
I hope you keep on doing what you love to do! Keep inspiring people!
Her story is very inspirational. It's hard to lose your arm doing what you love. But it's even harder to get back up and keep doing it, especially when your 13! Hopefully people see that you can do anything you set your mind to, and rise above the challenge.
She has been a great impact on my life and taught me to never give up. I think she is an amazing surfer and she is going to go far with only one arm.
That Right There Is Someone Who Will Never Give Up. I Hope Everybody Can Do That As Well And Put There Mind To It ....
Wow that is so cool!
You are such a good surfer and I love that movie soul surfer the first commercial I saw of the movie was at a Christian concert of mercy me, anthem lights, ect. I fell in love with the movie right away and got it right away when it came out in theaters and DVD
I wish I was like you.
Bethany, I want to thank you for being such an inspiration on others and excpecially my life. You have taken my life out of the gutter and brought me into the light! I truly appreciate it! God Bless! -Mackayla
I cant believe how many young lives were inspired by what happend to you that day. I know for sure I am extremely inspired. I thank you for that and it just helps me to want to attempt surfing. I always wanted to try it but because of my mentality age I am some what scared to go into open water any advice.... ? AGAIN THANK YOU!
I'm a 56 year old stroke patient. After much rehab, I can now walk (slowly) with a special brace, although my left arm hasn't responded to treatment. I want to thank you, Bethany, from the bottom of my heart, for helping me in so many ways. You helped me through my stroke. More importantly, you helped me become a stronger Christian. I may not meet you in this life, but I'll surely thank you when I see you in heaven! Cyber hugs and sincere thanks from me and my good wife.
Hi Bethany, I am 10 years old and I am a Christian. You are so inspiring. I hope God blesses you and your family. Aaronya
Bethany you're amazing!!! My dream is to one day go to Hawaii and surf..I've never surfed before though..
you are so inspirational Bethany i have a deise my self and people said i couldn't do things and i believed them until i herd your story i realized that god is going to take care of me like he has taken are of you thanks for everything!
She is such an isnpiration! I want to be a pro surfer so bad and i really look up to her. Just because she lost her arm, it doesn't mean that she didn't stop her dream of surfing. :)
Wow, I recently got the movie after seeing the commercials. I have been swimming and diving since I was 18 months and my parents nick named me shaely fish because I'm out body surfing and boogie boarding when others would rather stay on the beach. I'm not affraid of big waves at all. I know that if I ever lost my arm I would be devestated, but it wouldn't stop my dream of becoming a surfer.My second cousins, nathan and his little brother, are on the U.S.A surf team and live in Kuau'i. When I grow up I want to live in hawii, become a marine biologist and open a clinic for wounded and sick marine animals.
she is a fighter, believer, and much much more! who ever doubts that life is tough enough for them they should look at people like bethany!
Saw the movie. Just a middleaged amateur motorcycle builder. I keep a collage of photos, including that one, posted on my toolbox in the garage for inspiration. And no, I don't surf. Yet.
DOOD, ms. hamilton You are God's gift to all through spreading the word about God and what he does for people. You are my hero. Amen Kacie :)
She had great endurence to do that and still get back on her board. Amazing.
you are really amazing bethany! i'm praying for you every day. God loves you and i do too
Live on Bethany!
I am sorry because this is my third post but i love writing to you. i love you so much because u inspire me in many different ways! You will rise above every thing that stands in your way. You fight, you heal and you survive. You are just a person that will stay in good health forever and you will never die!
i wish arms can just grow back i am so sorry for you and this is my second post i am sorry for that but it is true i wish i could help but i cant and i really want to but your just a thankful person and you pray for good things just like i am praying for you
I really enjoyed your video!
SORRY I HAVE WRITTEN TWO COMMENTS NOW BUT I JUST THINK YOU ARE A TRUE HERO. I AM NINE AND MY TEACHER ASSIGNED ME TO GO TO VALUES.COM AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING AND ENCOURAGING ALL OF US AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE WITH YOUR CUP HALF FULL NOT HALF EMPTY. HARPER TINDELL FLORIDA 9 YEARS OF AGE
BETHANY I WATCHED YOUR MOVIE AND COULD'T WAIT TO GET IN THE WATER YOU CONTINUE TO INSPIRE ME AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE AND SEEM TO DO BETTER THAN PEOPLE WITH TWO ARMS
Dear Bethany, You inspire me to dream. You are my hero. I am 9 and I was afraid to surf, but now I'm not. When I have fears I will think of you.
Dear bethany, you are my role model! I love to watch you surf and you inspire me. To me it makes all the big stuff that's happened to me look so small. I do not surf but i want to know how. You are so inspiring to me and all my friends.... you rose above that time you were going through and look were you are now! :) I love you Bethany Hamilton!! :) (please respond if you can it would make my life!:))
My husband rented Soul Surfer--your journey that is inspiring the world. After watching it I decided to print all the information I could find on the internet so that my granddaughters, both under a year old, will have a ready made book that illustrates in real life the concepts of courage, faith in God, perseverance and determination. I also admire greatly your desire to reach out to others who have lost their perspective after traumas and accidents. Bravo to you and all your family.
The movie is so cool.
I am so inspired that she got in the water after the attack. I would never get back in the water if I got attacked by a shark cause I would have bad dreams.
Hey Bethany, we have the same name and I lost my left arm from a shark attack last month. I'm 12 years old and I saw "Soul Surfer". You got back on your board I was like, "Wow if she can get back on her board, I can get back in the water". So now, I'm being a pro like you. I have been in 3 competitions with my friend. I was in the news when the attack happened. Maybe I'll compete you because I live in Kawauii,Hawaii. Love, Bethany Paige. p.s. Keep surfing because I look up to you always.
J'ai vu votre film qui m'a bouleversée. J'en retire une belle leçon de vie que vous me donnez. Merci d'être une si belle personne. Je vous aime. Brigitte
You rock, I am totally never going to give up since you did not.
She has a lion's heart
You're soo awesome Bethany! You inspire me a lot. Sometime next week I'm going surfing with my mother. I'm so happy! p.s To all you people out there, NEVER GIVE UP!
That's gotta take courage.
You are so brave. Good for you for getting back on that surfboard. It is so inspiring to me. It helps me realize that it doesn't matter what you look like or what you do.
This story is so inspirational. I want to go see the movie since it is the true story of Bethany! Thank-you for trying your hardest Bethany,and to never give up after your accident! :)
Wow! She really is a cool person.
Both my brothers and my dad surf all year long and I always wanted to too! But my brothers used to scare me with shark stories. Bethany Hamilton has changed my perspective of the world. I am now surfing year round with my brothers living my life to the fullest. Thank you for showing me you can do what ever your heart tells you to. You are by far my biggest role model! I love you!
I have always wanted to go surfing but I'm terrified of sharks. But her story really said to just keep going no matter what happens.
She's inspirational =]
It takes a lot of heart to do what she did. I wouldn't.
Hero comes in many words and you are one of them.
She is so awesome. She not only got back on the surf board, she rides the waves like nothing ever happened. That is why she is so amazing. I love her determination. It inspired me to surf!
This is amazing. This story is so inspirational, it makes me want to go out and do something wonderful. I can't even begin to explain how amazed I was after I read this article. To Bethany Hamilton: keep trying, never give up, and you are truly amazing.
This poster is very inspirational. It is amazing and this girl is truly dedicated.
I praise God for so many amazing people made in his image and able to go beyond what the worlds way may have taken them. Increase your power Lord.
You inspired me to keep going even if some-thing knocks me down!
YOU ARE SO BRAVE AND I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE STILL SURFING THAT IS JUST PLAIN AWESOME!!!
That takes courage.
SURFS UP. YOU ARE VERY BRAVE.
You are so brave! I really admire you!
I think she is amazing, she makes me want to be a better person.
I like her integrity.
This is amazing! I will never stop trying!
You are my idol!!!
I think this show that no matter what happens you can still do what you love to do. It takes a lot to get back out there after you get hurt like that. I think its really cool that she did it!
I think this is really cool because I would never go back to the ocean,but Bethany keeps her dream and she stick to it even though she only has one arm.
I believe this also shows that what ever happens never give up.
I love this billboard because it shows me a lot. It shows me that even though bad things happen and there are obstacles, you can still do what you love and be good at it. It also shows me you can find the good side of things out of the bad.
You are such an amazing person!
That is really cool. And I hope you are OK!
Hello, I'm Loni. I'm 16 years old. I read this article and it had an effect on me. I see the perseverance and charisma of this girl and it makes me want to use those things to get me further in life and not dwell on the past. I haven't had the easiest life but I keep pushing to get further and go somewhere! Everyone needs to get back on the surfboard after a wipe out! Keep on surfin'!! KOWABUNGA!!
Your character is an inspiration to us all!
WONDERFUL!! I love it.
Bethany Hamilton is amazing! Her book is totally awesome! It is so inspiring! I am her #1 fan! She is a great surfer! Your site is totally radical! I was just trying to research some stuff for my 6th grade biography project. It will be so awesome doing a whole project board over you! I can not wait! You really are courageous you know! I wish I were like you! See ya Beth!
This is a wonderful site - combining some very important facts of life. I myself am a strong believer of always looking at the positive side that this site superbly demonstrates and encourages. Good luck to all its visitors.
I was researching Bethany Hamilton for an assignment and by the end of it I couldn't believe the passion and determination she had to show everyone that she could still succeed. I think she is amazing and a great role model.
My middle school has this poster hung in the girl's locker room along with an article about Bethany. As one who isn't very athletic, I often wished to just leave Gym class permanently. However, looking at this smiling surfer without an arm every day for three years inspired me to go beyond what I saw as my limits and to never stop striving for excellence. Bethany is an amazing teen and an inspiration to everyone.
Your story is soo inspiring.
I have this poster hanging in my first grade classroom- my students and others always ask about it. What a testimony. Thank you for sharing such an important message. Bethany, your smile is inspiring!
It makes me wanna reach for my dreams sooo much more and to be thankful for everything!!!!!!
Would like a copy of the surfing girl poster. I collect women's sports memorabilia
Found your site on Google, and it has a lot of useful information. Thanks!
Looking for inspiring information and found it at this great site!
Hi! Definitely nice and neat site you got here.
Great site. I will bookmark for my sons to view as well!
Never give up. Truly a role model.
"To be or not to be." Not a question for Bethany...she is and always will be!
Hello! Good site! Thank you!
Surfer Girl, You are my number one hero of all time, which is a very powerful statement, as it takes a lot to impress me.
Bethany Hamilton is truly an Amazing person. Even with the incident with the shark, she still managed to get right back where she belongs, ON HER SURF BOARD! She sets an example to everyone out there to keep on keepin' on and follow through with your dreams, even if it means you have to face your fears.
I think this is awesome and I thank it is cool, what you are doing
Way to go!
I saw a feature story on TV about Bethany over a year ago, and was so inpired! She is so beautiful and strong, and I'm thankful to be reminded that one can overcome anything they put their mind to! Bethany, you are AMAZING!!! Thank you for inspiring millions!
Really good site, and a pleasant suprise... Good Luck!s
Excellent web site I will be visiting often. Thank You!
This is a great tutorial. Thanks!
Wow even though she's been bitten by a shark and lost an arm shes still going for it!
Very effective. Thanks.
This site is truly amazing!!!
Pretty nice site, want to see much more on it!
How brave she is! An encouragement to all. Please keep up the great work!
Good job, here and there!!
Good Site! Keep doing it!
This is amazing! keep it up!
Good Site! Keep Doing That!p
Wow, so great, that someone could still do what they love after what happened to them.
This one is simple and nice.
Great Site - really useful information!
Really good site, and a pleasant suprise...Good Luck!!
You inspire me, Bethany Hamilton.
I just wanted to say WOW!
Bethany Hamilton is an inspiring person...If something like that happened to me I probably wouldn't go back again.
It's a very good site!
Thank for making this valuable information available to the public.
Hi you are so cool!
That was a big shark.
This one is simple & nice.
Oh, super project.
Resilience is the quality that separates the ordinary from extra-ordinary. Bethany Hamilton is a inspiration. For all those who blame others or circumstances, I will say -"look at Bethany Hamilton."
Thank you sooooo much!
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
Excellent resource you've got here! Will definitely be back!
Your site just reminded my again that all people smile in the same language.
Just love her courage and strentgh. She is as inspiration as this billboard is. Just love this website, thanks and keep it up!
Best of luck to Beth and her family. We are all glad she never gave up.
Simple but quality, thanks!
Very helpful, thanks!
You have an outstanding good and well structured site. I enjoyed browsing through it.
From the mouths of babes. So young, so resilient and, so strong. What a remarkable and inspirational young woman. I love her and all I know of her is her exceptional resilience. Thank you for asking her to "pass it on". I'm getting it.
This poster makes you want to get up out of your chair and do something! She's truly an inspiration.
Nice looking site.
Hello! Good Site! Thank you!
She is simply amazing! Keep up what you're doing, Bethany! Ciao!
Good Site! Keep Doing That!
I think that this is an interesting story and I WILL think about this story when I really want to do something and something bad happens to me and I don't want to try it ever again! Thanks for this good information! from a 7th grad student
Bethany helped me over my obstacles, she is a perfect role model.
She knows that if you love something, you should stick with it by rising above
MAY 17th, my husband and I woke to the heart of a loved one breaking! So much pain was coming from my husbands only sibling. My brother-in-law was dealing with a wreck his grandson was in the night before. May 18th,A.M.,the doctors removed the lower part of Justin's right arm, later, that same day, the doctors had to remove his arm to his shoulder. On Saturday morning I had a flight to N.Y. Your poster almost took me to the floor. Your face was there, I believe, for a reason!
Bethany is such an inspirational person and this billboard says it all!
Bethany must be a really strong person to give surfing another shot!
Because of Beth, when I fall down I'm not afraid to get back up again!
It makes you appreciate what you have so much more!
Because of her, I am doing my best in this moment, not past not future.
It's so great. It inspires others to go for their dreams.
So inspiring... Rise above the challenge is the only option...