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    Name:Bethany Hamilton
    Lives In:Kauai, Hawaii
    United States
    Hometown:Kauai, Hawaii
    United States
    Birthday:February 8, 1990
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    Her friend's father acted quickly and is credited with saving her life by torniquing her shoulder and paddling her back to shore, where she eventually passed out while waiting for the emergency ambulance.

    Lifeguards believe her strong water sense and positive outlook helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.

    Now that positive attitude and determination to live life has allowed her to achieve goals many of us can only dream about.

    Over the last 3 years, Bethany has not only started surfing again, but also has become an even stronger threat to her opponents facing her in the water.

    Bethany's all-star achievements are now many since the incident, including some high place finishes. And when we say high place finishes, we mean a National Championship!

    In 2005 Bethany stormed through the early rounds of the NSSA Nationals at Lower Trestles, and despite facing the top women from around the country, she dominated them all en route to her first National Championship.

    She's also won the Open Women's Division of the NSSA 04/05 Hawaiian Conference Season Opener, an ESPN Espy Award and a FOX Teen Choice Award.

    Out of the water, Bethany is a very supportive public speaker and charity worker, spreading her life loving spirit around the world in many different ways.

    She has also released a book 'Soul Surfer' and is helping with the development of a motion picture being made on her life.

    "To be honest, I never wanted to write a book," says Bethany in the Foreword of 'Soul Surfer'.

    "It actually took a lot of convincing by my family and friends, because I'm not someone who likes to talk a lot about myself, or thinks I'm any big deal. But they saw something in my story that would be helpful and interesting to others and they encouraged me to write it down. So here I am.

    "And actually, when I really thought about it, it seemed like something that I should do. It would give a bigger picture of my faith, my family, and all those people who have helped get me back into the water again. But I'll tell you one thing: it wasn't easy."

    Bethany was present in California in 2005 for the Rip Curl Malibu Pro and almost upstaged team mates Jessi Miley-Dyer and Steph Gilmore in the event Trials competition.

    Bethany made it to the finals, but fell short eventually at the hands of Steph who won the Trials and Wildcard entry into the main event.

    Australian surfers will be excited to hear that Bethany is keen to get down under in 2006, hopefully stopping by for a long visit in April. Her stay will fall alongside the Rip Curl Pro Surfing & Music Festival in Victoria, so it's no doubt she'll be keen to join the rest of the world's best in tearing the famous Bells Beach wave apart come Easter 06.

    The future is wide open for this young superstar and she one of the most prized parts of Rip Curl's team puzzle.

    "I just love surfing," says Bethany. "It's my love of surfing and life that makes me want to help people and show people around the world that anything is possible.

    "My faith in Jesus Christ has helped me with my life and I am happy if others get help from me."
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    Posted by anm719 June 17, 2012 08:08pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    WE LOVE YOU, BETHANY. GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Posted by anm719 June 17, 2012 08:08pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    WE LOVE YOU, BETHANY. GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Posted by brittney2012 May 5, 2012 09:55pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    your so awesome and give hope to others not to give up no matter what.


    Posted by alexmwise October 15, 2011 02:28pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    you are my role model!!!!


    Posted by alexmwise October 15, 2011 02:28pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    you are my role model!!!!

    jennifer edwards

    Posted by jennifer edwards October 12, 2011 01:54am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    I saw soul surfer and ur story is truly not just a miracle in the making but a blessing to those who are less fortunate than others....The movie and u and general are inspiring and to know that u give thanks to Jesus makes ur life and things that u have done that much more special....U R definitely a walking miracle....God Bless You

    Jennifer Edwards from North Carolina :)

    yani fonseca

    Posted by yani fonseca October 11, 2011 07:38am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Te admiro mucho me has dado muchas fuerzas para continuar, gracias y te felicito de todo corazon eres una mujer muy fuerte sigue asi de sensilla ..

    janie anne rayburn

    Posted by janie anne rayburn September 22, 2011 05:13pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Just watched Soul Surfer......It was truly amazing!!!!!


    Posted by ctrain August 27, 2011 11:59pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    WOW. You are an amazing person. Thank you


    Posted by mthomask April 26, 2011 08:16am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Bethany, my family and I just seen your movie Soul Surfer, and i cried all the way through. You are so amazing! you are strong and your faith makes you absolutely gorgeous! you are beautiful! I am an ER nurse and your faith and you and your parents faith is why you are here. I completely and whole heartedly believe that everything happens for a reason! You have touched so many people and when you were able to get that little boy on that surf board and have the people of Haiti(?location) no longer afraid of the water...there are no words to explain what it looks like to watch the good Lord work through you. I know someone played your character and I'm sure it was an even more amazing watching you personally get perspective. God's plan was for you to be what is unraveling for you and He knew you could handle it. I am a mom of a lil blonde all of 10 years old. She watched the movie with me and she cried as well. I hope I am half the parent yours was and is to you. I am so moved and I needed the faith encouragement. I didn't know you or the movie was based on faith...I was spoken to by the good Lord and I am now redirected back to God. Thank you for being you and sharing your story with the world. You have shown me so much through your story in just a few hours! You are an angel, continue doing what God leads you to do! My words can't express what I am feeling right now...I am so thankful for you and God's grace and mercy! What a privilege and honor it must be to have been chosen...God Bless You and your family!


    Posted by jordan_thegurlska8r April 18, 2011 09:55am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Bethany your you're an awesome person and so inspiring! i just saw soul surfer and was so inspired, im 14 and have had juvenielle arthritis since i was 8 and told i wouldn't be able too do the things i loved but almost 7 yrs later im back in soccer and drumming and skateboarding! keep it up and thanks for being such an example!

    jennifere pierceall

    Posted by jennifere pierceall April 8, 2011 05:35pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    bethany you r an insoaration to us im a women 0f 57 maybe have to have a hip replace ,i look at what u went through u are a beatiful young women that god made.bless u girl .jen from santa cruz ca.


    Posted by caaronberry April 7, 2011 06:09pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    You have a great insirational story and I hope to see the movie about you soon. I just became a fan today after reading about you on yahoo.
    Sincerely C. A,aron Berry, caaronberry@yahoo.com.

    first juliandri

    Posted by first juliandri June 22, 2009 11:43pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Hi my name First Juliandri, I am a surf Photographer based in Bali. I have some your shoot photo while you in Indo last year.
    i want send your photo to you, so if you might, let me know your email adress. here my email adress is firstindoimage@yahoo.co.id



    Posted by nuriasurf November 24, 2008 04:47am PSTReply | Report Abuse

    you are extraordinari


    Posted by haydendearing April 10, 2008 03:12pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    im the love master. kiss me baby one more time


    Posted by BeachBumm12K January 12, 2008 02:40pm PSTReply | Report Abuse

    Bethany you are awesome!!! you are my role model you remind me to always see the bright side of things GOD bless you

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