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Bethany Hamilton Bio

Surfer Bethany Hamilton hasn't let a savage shark attack stop her from competing in her favorite sport. Check out this biography and pictures of the teen surfer who survived a shark attack.

Bethany Hamilton - From Surfer To Celebrity

On October 31, 2003, Bethany Hamilton was surfing off the coast of Hawaii when she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, who nearly ate her for lunch. Bethany managed to swim back to shore but not before the shark ripped off her left arm. While Bethany may have lost her arm, she also gained international celebrity from the attack. More importantly, she got back on her surfboard just four months after the shark attack and placed fifth in her age group at the National Surfing Championships. Since the attack, Bethany has won three surfing contests and won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.

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Bethany Hamilton - Surfing Success

Bethany Hamilton hasn't let a savage shark attack end her dream of becoming a surfer. She says she has to kick alot harder to make up for the loss of her arm but she still loves surfing as much as ever. She's painted a special pattern on her surf board that helps ward off sharks and she no longer goes surfing during the early morning - a shark's favorite feeding time. Bethany has also used her new-found celebrity to inspire others and help charitable causes. In May 2005, she went to Thailand to help children hurt by the 2004 tsunami disaster and has appeared in anti-drug ads for the state of Hawaii.

Bethany Hamilton - Did You Know?

  • Bethany released a line of fragrances for guys and girls. Stoked is a perfume for girls while Wired is for guys. Both smells are sold in bottles shaped like surfboards.
  • A movie based on Bethany's book, Soul Surfer, started filming in the fall of 2005.
  • Bethany was given a Courage Award by Janet Jackson at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.
  • Bethany received a Maverick Award during the Cinequest Film Festival in 2011.

Bethany Hamilton Says...

"People I don't even know come up to me. I guess they see me as a symbol of courage and inspiration. One thing hasn't changed, and that's how I feel when I'm riding a wave. It's like, here I am. I'm still here."

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LUCYQWERTY123
well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
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1PhanTrash
It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
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"Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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Wolf74
Wolf74 posted in Dance:
use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
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Enki
Enki posted in Xtreme Sports:
Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
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