Bethany Hamilton is a surfer from Kauai who survived a shark attack when only 13 years old. Bethany shows what’s possible when you don’t give up.
After losing her arm, Bethany was still determined to become a professional surfer.
She returned to surfing a month later, going pro in 2007.
It’s so inspiring to watch Bethany in action.
If you’ve ever tried surfing, you know how difficult it can be. It requires stamina, strength, balance, and agility, qualities that Bethany has in abundance.
With only one arm, she makes surfing look easy.
Bethany explains the techniques she had to develop to surf again, from paddling to duck dives to dropping in to standing up.
One thing she has done is to install special handles on her boards to help her maintain control.
As far as paddling goes, Bethany laughs at how some people think she could only paddle in a circle. “I don’t, like, go in a circle when I paddle,” she said. “I go pretty straight”
Although it was difficult to relearn to surf with only one arm, Bethany’s positive attitude and persistence shine through.
“It’s almost nice that it happened when I was young. You’re so much more adaptive when you’re young,” she said. “I’m stoked I didn’t give up.”
Earlier this year, Bethany won the Surf-N-Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro.