Bethany Hamilton

The Soul Surfer


  • Bethany was born in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
  • She is the youngest of three and the only girl
  • She grew up in a family of surfers
  • She became very successful with surfing
  • By the age of 9 her surfing career had exploded and was being sponsored


  • At the age of 13, Bethany was involved in a surfing accident
  • Had to relearn how to surf and make adjustments
  • 2011- Had an arm injury while on a surf trip with her family

Overcoming her Obstacles

  • Just one month after loosing her arm, Bethany was back in the water relearning how to surf
  • Made motivational appearances to spread positivity on others but also herself
  • Became a Professional surfer (2007)


  • MTV teen choice award "Courage" (14)
  • Honoree recipient of Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award (14)
  • SIMA "Woman of the Sea Award" (14)
  • 5th place at US open of surfing in CA (18)
  • 2nd place at world junior championships