After Soul Surfer hit theaters, the film based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton‘s shark attack, the world was inspired by the courage of a young girl from Kauai. The fearless Hawaiian was bitten by a shark while surfing on October 31st, 2003. She lost her arm at the age of 13 and almost lost her life, but with the help of family, Kauai’s first response team and much prayer, Bethany lived through the traumatic shark attack and has used the loss to share her faith and her story with the world. Now with over 530,000 Facebook fans, 150,000 Twitter followers and countless dedicated fanpage websites, Bethany remains one of the most influential athletes the world has ever seen. She has moved the world with her positive outlook on life and love for the ocean, continuing to compete as a professional surfer despite all she has been through. Beyond the surf community, Bethany Hamilton has inspired thousands of young girls to live active lives and pursue their love for sport. Her story continues to move mountains.
An inspiration to all, the determined athlete still competes in ASP competitions against other girls with two arms. A surfer for the Rip Curl team along with childhood friend, Alana Blanchard, the two have had the opportunity to travel the world surfing the best waves on the planet. No surprise – Bethany Hamilton loves Bali. As the first ever woman to compete in the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang, Bethany tamed the Indonesian left-hander enjoying endless barrels under the sun. Check out Rip Curl‘s latest “My Bikini” video with Bethany Hamilton: