By: Ximena Paredes
After the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Instantly, she adopted a custome made board that was longer and thicker and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle. She didn´t learned how to surf with one hand, from one instant to another. It took Hamilton several days of practice to learn how to surf with one hand. She also learned how to kick more to make up for the loss of his left arm. She practiced and practiced, but didn´t gave up. On January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition.
Since the attack, she has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows. In 2004 she won the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete and also received the Courage Teen Choice Award. On April 8, 2011, a movie film Soul Surfer, based on her 2004 book, was released in theaters. Today, Hamilton is an inspiration for many of us. She proved nothing is impossible.