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Also Known As: Bethany Meilani Hamilton Died:
Born: February 8, 1990 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lihue, Hawaii, USA Profession:

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Bethany Hamilton became one of the great inspirational stories in professional sports when she returned to the pro surfing circuit after losing her left arm in a shark attack - at age 13. Remarkably, just a month after the Hawaii-based surfer was attacked by the tiger shark, she was back out on her board. Hamilton ended up relating her experiences in a memoir, Soul Surfer, which was later made into a feature film with AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. The film's release helped catapult Hamilton to a new level of exposure, and she became a fixture on talk shows and other motivational-speaking environments.Hamilton was born in Lihue, Hawaii on February 8th, 1990. She took to surfing from an early age, winning her first championship when she was just 8 years old. On October 31st, 2003, Hamilton was surfing with a friend's family on a beach in Kauai when a tiger shark bit her left arm off. Hamilton's friend and her family managed to slow Hamilton's blood loss and got her to a hospital in time for surgeons to save her life. Despite the horrific injury, Hamilton was back on a surfboard a month later. The next year Hamilton published her memoir, Soul Surfer, which related the experience of the shark attack...

Bethany Hamilton became one of the great inspirational stories in professional sports when she returned to the pro surfing circuit after losing her left arm in a shark attack - at age 13. Remarkably, just a month after the Hawaii-based surfer was attacked by the tiger shark, she was back out on her board. Hamilton ended up relating her experiences in a memoir, Soul Surfer, which was later made into a feature film with AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. The film's release helped catapult Hamilton to a new level of exposure, and she became a fixture on talk shows and other motivational-speaking environments.

Hamilton was born in Lihue, Hawaii on February 8th, 1990. She took to surfing from an early age, winning her first championship when she was just 8 years old. On October 31st, 2003, Hamilton was surfing with a friend's family on a beach in Kauai when a tiger shark bit her left arm off. Hamilton's friend and her family managed to slow Hamilton's blood loss and got her to a hospital in time for surgeons to save her life. Despite the horrific injury, Hamilton was back on a surfboard a month later. The next year Hamilton published her memoir, Soul Surfer, which related the experience of the shark attack and how it affected Hamilton's philosophy about her life.

Hamilton's memoir brought her into a wider realm of visibility, as she appeared on many talk shows and news programs to relate her incredible, inspirational story. ESPN honored her with their award for Comeback Athlete of the Year in 2004, and it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking - the feature film adaptation of her memoir featured not just AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt but also Dennis Quaid and Carrie Underwood. The exposure from that film provided Hamilton with an even greater platform from which to spread her inspirational story - and all the while, of course, she has continued to surf competitively.

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 Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
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 Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
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1998:
Won first surfing competition
2004:
Published memoir "Soul Surfer"
2005:
Won NSSA National Competition for surfing
2009:
Finished second place in Billabong ASP World Junior Championship
2011:
"Soul Surfer," film adaptation of memoir, released
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