Bethany Hamilton Biography
Bethany Hamilton born Bethany Meilani is an American professional surfer. In 2003, a shark attacked her and bit off her left arm. Despite the incident, she resumed surfing and eventually achieved victory in professional surfing.
They released the feature film Soul Surfer in April 2011. Her parents home-schooled her from 6th grade through high school.
Bethany Hamilton Age
Hamilton was born on February 8, 1990 in Lihue, Hawaii, U.S. She is [agecalc birthdate=1990-02-08]
Bethany Hamilton Family
She was born the youngest child to Thomas R Hamilton and Cherilyn Hamilton. She was raised in a surfing family along with her siblings.
Bethany Hamilton Siblings
Hamilton has two older brothers Noah Hamilton and Timothy Hamilton.
Bethany Hamilton Husband | Bethany And Adam Dirks
Adam Dirks, a youth minister and a former professional surfer, married Meilani on August 18, 2013, in Kauai, Hawaii. Mutual friends set up the couple on a blind date in 2012, and they got engaged a few months later.
Since then, Bethany and Adam have welcomed two sons together. Tobias was born in 2015, and Wesley was born in 2018. The family currently resides in Hawaii, where Bethany continues to surf and share her inspiring story with others.
Bethany Hamilton Kids | Hamilton Children |
Bethany Hamilton Son
Meilani and her husband Adam have two sons together, Tobias born 2015 and Wesley born March 2018.
Bethany Hamilton Surfing
Bethany’s whole family loved surfing and her parents began teaching her how to surf even before she turned five. She loved surfing and she became very fascinated with the sport early on.
She participated in her first real Surf Competition: Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championships on Oahu, Hawaii in 1998 and won both the short and long board divisions.
Having the motivation from her first competitive success, she was raring to become a professional competitive surfer.
When she was just nine years old, Bethany received her first major surf sponsorships from Rip Curl and Tim Carroll Surfboards. Over the next couple of years, she consistently moved up the rankings in Amateur surfing competitions by winning several events.
Bethany Hamilton Shark
Bethany is a professional surfer who survived a shark attack at the age of 13 while surfing off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii in 2003. The attack resulted in the loss of her left arm, but Hamilton was determined to continue surfing and return to competition.
After a difficult recovery, Hamilton returned to the water and began training with a custom-made surfboard designed to accommodate her disability. She quickly resumed her competitive career and won several championships, becoming a source of inspiration for people around the world.
In addition to her surfing career, Hamilton is also an author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist. She has written several books, including her autobiography “Soul Surfer,” which was later turned into a movie. Hamilton has also established the Friends of Meilani Foundation, which supports amputees and shark attack survivors.
Bethany Hamilton Best Friend | Bethany Friend
Hamilton’s best friend is Alana Blanchard who is also a surfer and model. Alana, her father and brother Byron were present when Bethany suffered the shark attack.
Bethany Hamilton Shark Caught | Hamilton Tiger Shark
When news broke out of the shark attack, a fishermen family led by Ralph Young presented to investigators photos of a 14-foot-long (4.3 m) tiger shark they had caught and killed it about one mile from the attack site.
It also had surfboard debris in its mouth. When measurements the sharks mouth were compared with those of Bethany’s broken board, it matched. The police officially confirmed that it was the same one that attacked her in late 2004.
Bethany Hamilton Media
Since the attack, Bethany has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows. She has appeared on television shows which include The Biggest Loser, 20/20, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show. She has also appeared in magazines such as People, Time, and American Girl. Additionally, Bethany was the cover story in the premier issue of nine magazine.
She won the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete and also received the Courage Teen Choice Award in 2004.
Bethany Hamilton Story | Bethany Hamilton Book
In 2004, MTV Books published Bethany’s book, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board (ISBN 0-7434-9922-0), which describes what she went through.
Bethany Hamilton Documentary
Hamilton’s story is also told in the 2007 short subject documentary film Heart of a Soul Surfer, which is directed by Becky Baumgartner.
Described as a “faith-based documentary,” it addresses her devout Christianity and the courage and faith in Jesus Christ in the aftermath of the shark attack, and also follows her quest for spiritual meaning.
Bethany Hamilton Movie | Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Hamilton’s manager, Roy “Dutch” Hofstetter, who went on to produce the film Soul Surfer, managed Bethany rise through the media from shark attack victim to inspirational role model.
A feature film Soul Surfer, based on her 2004 book, was released in theaters on April 8, 2011. Bethany was portrayed by actress Anna Sophia Robb. Bethany herself performed all the one-armed surfing stunts in it. Soul Surfer was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2, 2011.
Bethany appeared on the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, in the episode titled “Duggars Under the Sea,” when the Duggar family visited her, in Atlanta, Georgia on October 11,2011.
Bethany Hamilton Now | Bethany Hamilton Today
Meilani is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Bethany. The foundation reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging a broken world by offering them hope to overcome through Jesus Christ.
Bethany uses her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book BODY AND SOUL (ISBN 9780310731054) in 2014.
Her latest project, BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE, is a surf documentary which will showcase her as one of the best women surfers in the world.
She is set to release it in 2018, accompanied by a photo book (ISBN 978-0310764854) and also a children’s book (ISBN 978-0310764977).
Bethany Hamilton Quotes
- Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of. Hamilton
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Bethany Hamilton Perfume
Stoked 6.8oz Body Lotion and 1.7oz Perfume Set by Meilani Ride the waves with the newest Hamilton Stoked Gift Set.
A whisper of tropical orchids, lotus blossom, pink maguet and jasmine calm the senses while sandalwood, creamy coconut, and musk leave a fragrant finish.
Packaged in mini surfboard shaped bottles, it’s a refreshing reminder of a day at the beach. This set includes a 6.8oz body lotion and 1.7oz spray perfume.
Bethany Hamilton Height
Hamilton stands at a height of 1.8m.