Bethany lived a wonderful life full of surfing until at only 13 years old she was bitten by a shark which left her left arm severed just below her shoulder, changing her life forever.

I didn't know what my future held when it came to surfing, or that I would become one of the best female surfers in the world, I just had that willingness to try.". 'Possible' for Hamilton meant changing her whole approach to surfing, everything from adding a handle to her board to her positioning and paddling.

A Hollywood movie - Soul Surfer - released in 2011 documents her story, her own documentary film, coaching programmes and featuring on Life Lessons Through Sport, are undertaken in order to reach as many people as possible. As a Christian I really see the good that God has brought out of it. Her positive approach has also given her a unique perspective on life after the attack. She was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. "So I had that mindset. "I remember that I was down watching all of my best friends surfing - they were out doing a surf team practice that I would have normally been a part of," she said. "Thankfully I had the support of my parents, the right environment and the ability to be very teachable and want to push myself.". In May 2016, just short of a year after the birth of Tobias, Hamilton finished a headline-making third in the World Surf League Fiji Women’s Pro, beating world No 1 Tyler Wright and six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore before being defeated in the semis by eventual winner Johanne Defay.

I was pushing it with my sport and I was surfing better than ever.

I wanted to be the best and push women's surfing. 1 at the time, Tyler Wright, in a third-place finish at the Fiji Women's Pro.

#liveunstoppable, A post shared by Bethany Hamilton (@bethanyhamilton) on Oct 10, 2019 at 3:10pm PDT. But I did believe and I did! On October 31, 2003, Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with her best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father and brothers, Holt and Byron, when a 14-foot-long (4.3 m) tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.

To live an honest life is a gift to the world around us.

I was totally hooked. It was on that day when a normal surf turned into a living nightmare, and a 4.3m tiger shark attacked her.

With her work ethic and talent, Hamilton had everything that she needed to race towards the lofty goals that she had set herself.

It's really fun to wake up with a purpose and have meaning to your life.". "Once I got up on my first wave, there wasn't any turning back. "It's just my mindset and my approach to the obstacle and thinking on what I can do and how you know what is possible versus, what's the challenge of it. "My parents had me on a [surf] board before I could walk, and I was just hooked on riding waves and being in the water. “But then when it came my way, I kind of felt the opposite of that hope and desire and it shocked me,” Hamilton, now 29, adds, referring to the moment she discovered she was pregnant with first son Tobias a few months before the invitational competition in Hawaii.​, “I’d only been married for just about a year, I wanted more time with my husband. It was heavy and it was overwhelming.

Hamilton said that hearing from Coots was like a 'lightbulb' going off and allowed her to think that she would be able to surf again too. At such a young age, Hamilton approached her return to the ocean with incredible maturity. W hen surfer Bethany Hamilton was flung from her board in a heavy fall during the 2014 Women’s Pipe Invitational in Hawaii, the competition co-commentator took …

I’m a very powerful, aggressive surfer. So, too, Hamilton, but for altogether different reasons.​, Outwardly it appeared Hamilton was winning the physical battle as she launched straight back into the competition, eventually finishing third. It’s very second nature to what I do every day. Once that lightbulb was switched on, it took Hamilton less than a month to get back out in the water, and just three months to compete in a surfing contest again. I find the right people to be with me on the journey," she says.

She won the National Scholastic Surfing Association National Championship for the 18-and-under age group in 2005.

It was a reaction borne more out of admiration than anything else. Life Lessons Through Sport: Bethany Hamilton on surfing after a shark attack Life Lessons Through Sport is available now on Sky Sports On Demand 8 dedicated channels, Watch all the action with a Sky Sports Pass, Win in our free to enter competitions section.

"I was a dreamer, but more than that, I was a doer," she said of her younger self.

It’s been amazing to see how sharing my life story has brought so many people hope of all different ages.”, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is out on DVD now.
Not even the horrific attack by a 14ft Tiger shark, when she was just 13, which caused her to lose 60 per cent of her blood and almost the whole of her left arm. "During that time, I could have been very angry, down and depressed about everything," she said. "I'm excited to keep on helping people and putting out messages of hope for people around the world facing hard times.

Her husband Adam Dirks promised her they could find a balance. "I was in a place where the world was my oyster and then I felt like all of that had been flipped upside down and taken away from me... my arm was gone. Hamilton's faith proved crucial in her return to the sport. "I was on the beach with my coach and the waves were just perfect... it was torture for me to just watch, so I called my family and asked them to bring my board down. Two years after that, she was a national champion. You get on a bicycle or go for a walk, I go for a surf. Will Gadd: 'Mountain Hero' climbs Kilimanjaro's now-melting ice cap, Roma legend Totti visits young fan who awoke from coma, Karting driver investigated over attack on track, Told she was 'too heavy' by model agency, she became an Olympian instead, Matthias Dandois: The world champion BMX rider and photographer, Diego Mentrida: The act of sportsmanship that made Will Smith cry, Naomi Osaka on raising awareness for racial injustice with her masks, Yashasvi Jaiswal, the Indian ex-street vendor set to make IPL debut, Magnus Carlsen aims for 'redemption' against Garry Kasparov, Andri Ragettli: Pro skiing champion lives double life as social media star, Russian footballer hit by lightning is back in training. Hamilton was pregnant – unexpectedly, reluctantly – a fact weighing on her mind that she did not yet feel comfortable enough to tell anyone about. To this day, she remembers her first surf after the attack vividly and her words show what a powerful experience it was. We must believe we can! News Be courageous. "When tough times come my way," Hamilton told CNN World Sport's Patrick Snell from Kauai, "I definitely rely on my faith in God and just be like 'hey God I don't know why I lost my arm but I'm going to trust you and know that good can come from this situation.'". In 2016 she withdrew her ESPY award nomination for best female athlete with a disability, on account of connotations of “being put into a box”.​, “The loss of my arm – you wouldn’t wish that on yourself,” she says. "You could say that the ocean was my version of the playground," Hamilton told Sky Sports.

American surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack as a teenager, is aiming to qualify for the elite World Surf League Championship Tour in … She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres television shows, and was the subject of books, documentaries, and the 2011 Hollywood feature film Soul Surfer.​, Hamilton never enjoyed the attention. But at the same time I have a respect for the ocean,” she says, now a mother to two boys, Tobias and second son Wesley, born in 2018.​, “I wasn’t really worried. Honesty takes courage. After losing nearly two-thirds of her blood, her life and future in surfing were anything but guaranteed. Then there was just the love and the passion which propelled me forwards.

Mike Coots - my first “hint of hope” that surfing w/ one arm was possible. Coming from Mike it meant A LOT because he learned how to surf w/ his prosthetic leg after suffering his own limb loss from a shark attack.Learn more about him: However, on October 31, 2003, the course of her life was changed forever. That philosophy of dealing with one wave at a time is one she also practices in life in dealing with the challenges that have been thrown at her.
Our mind is where it all starts to take place. She made her World Tour debut in 2009, with her best result coming in 2016 when she beat then six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and, world No. "It was a really special day, to have all of my family, friends and the community of people around me. Her health specialist discussed the risks of surfing while pregnant and a plan was put in place to strengthen her body around the hips and back in particular.​, For some, the decision to compete in Hawaii may have been seen as reckless but Hamilton was fully briefed and, as her pregnancy later progressed, she inevitably dialled back on the bigger waves.​, “I definitely take on the waves confidently as I’ve had a lifetime of preparation.

Bethany Hamilton competes during the qualifying round of the World Surf League Surf Ranch Open on September 6, 2018 in Lemoore, California. (CNN)In 2003, when Hawaiian surfer Bethany Hamilton was just 13 years old, she lost her arm in a shark attack while surfing in Kauai. "My love for the ocean and surfing outweighed my fear of sharks," she added.