Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton turned another year older on Thursday. In honor of her day, we scoured her social media account to find her most jaw-dropping moments.
The 28-year-old American surfer is best-known for defying all odds after she was attacked when she was 13 years old in 2003 by a 14-foot tiger shark which left her with only one arm after her left arm was bitten off.
While that might have stopped most people, Hamilton worked hard and returned to surfing and was victorious over and over again winning surfing competitions across the world.
She even wrote about the harrowing experience in an autobiography in 2004 titled, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.” People were so moved by her amazing story of determination and faith, her experience was turned into a movie called, “Soul Surfer” in 2011.
“For me soul surfing is just being passionate about the ocean and surfing. That’s what I am. I’m passionate about being out there and enjoying God’s creation,” Hamilton shared about the term.
On August 14, 2017 she was inducted into the Surfers Hall of Fame.
Her latest project “Unstoppable: The Fearless Life of Bethany Hamilton” comes out later this year, accompanied by a photo book and a children’s book.”
“UNSTOPPABLE is Bethany’s complete and untold story that follows her journey from childhood into motherhood – the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time. In 2016 alone Bethany’s capacity to inspire reached new heights as she beat a six-time world champion and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition.”
And with another child on the way, 2018 is going to be a wild and fun ride. Happy Birthday Bethany!