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Bethany Hamilton      

Professional Surfer & Shark Attack Survivor; Inspiration for the Film "Soul Surfer"

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At the age of 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within two years had won her first national title. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and since then, her story has been told in a New York Times best selling autobiography and in the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging and offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ. Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book Body and Soul in 2014. Bethany’s latest project, Unstoppable, a surf documentary which showcases her as one of the best women surfers in the world, released theatrically in the USA on July 12, 2019, accompanied by a photo book and a children’s book. Passionate about helping young women be unstoppable in life and faith, Bethany has launched a new website and online course for sharing content and facilitating connection. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer and motivational speaker.

Speech Topics

Shark Attack Survivor


Shark attack survivor to speak and surf in Ocean Grove

Her story riveted the nation and now Bethany Hamilton is coming to the Jersey Shore to spread a message of hope.

Bethany Hamilton: One-armed shark attack survivor beats world's best surfer in Fiji

One-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton finished a career-best third in the World Surf League's Fiji Women's Pro. The 26-year-old's left arm was bitten off in a shark attack in 2003.

Bethany Hamilton: surfing with only one arm isn't as hard as beating the stigma

In Bethany Hamilton’s mind, winning the ESPY award for best female athlete with a disability would have been like “rewinding back to square one”.

Surfer Bethany Hamilton is pregnant with third child

“Grateful for more family fun to come!!!”

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