Bethany Hamilton Speaker Profile
Professional Surfer and Christian Speaker
Bethany Hamilton Biography
Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, health, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she won both the short and long board divisions. This sparked a love for surf competition within her spirit. At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauais North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.
Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In January of 2004, Bethany made her return to surf competition; placing 5th in the Open Womens division of that contest.
With no intention of stopping, Bethany continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she took 1st place in the Explorer Womens division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships winning her first National Title. In 2007, Bethany realized her dream and turned pro. Bethany has since participated in numerous ASP and World Tour Events with her major highlight being a second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. Since losing her arm, Bethany's story has been told in hundreds of media outlets and she has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements.
In October 2004, Bethany shared her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer. Seven years later, the book was made into a major motion picture bearing the same title which released theatrically in April, and for home entertainment in August, 2011. Other books Bethany has written include Devotions for the Soul Surfer, Rise Above, A Soul Surfer Bible, Ask Bethany, and Clash, Burned, Storm, and Crunch. Further, Bethany was the inspiration behind Becky Baumgartner's 2007 documentary entitled Heart of a Soul Surfer. From a young age, Bethany's parents instilled their faith in Jesus Christ; and at age 5, she made the decision to have a personal relationship with Him. Bethany/s foundation of faith has been her backbone; her source of truth, hope, and strength.
Out of the water, Bethany has grown from a young teenage girl with aspirations of becoming a professional surfer into a twenty-year old professional surfer with aspirations of becoming a beacon of inspiration and hope. Through the platform of professional sport, Bethany has been able to touch a large number of people with her message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. Bethany just launched her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which supports shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story, and is involved in numerous other charitable efforts.
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Posted on 5 April 2016 | 6:33 pm
Ron Jon Surf Shop was excited to host Bethany Hamilton at their new Florida Mall Orlando location this past Saturday, March 26th for an autograph signing. Bethany signed posters for the first 100 fans to arrive. Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. During a surf session in 2003, Bethany was attacked by a...[Read More]
Posted on 20 March 2014 | 7:52 pm
"Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton will be signing autographs at Universal Studios CityWalk Flip Flop Shop on Saturday, March 29 from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. As a Cobian Ambassador, Bethany will be celebrating the retail launch of her Cobian Limited Edition Signature Sandal with music, fun, activities, and giveaways for the crowd. At the event Bethany will be signing posters for thousands of...[Read More]
Posted on 22 April 2013 | 3:27 pm
Celebrity surfer Bethany Hamilton will be making an appearance at New Smyrna Beach for the kick off of the area's "Beach Weeks" celebration. Executive Director of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority announced, "She connects with the type of audience we get here — very popular with families. We're super-excited to be working with her." The 23-year-old is a competitive surfer...[Read More]
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