Full Name: Bethany Meilani Hamilton
Residence: Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
Born: February 8, 1990
Weight: 155 lbs
Husband: Adam Dirks (married 2013)
Children: Tobias (2015), Wesley (2018)
Pets: 2 shar pei dogs: Hanalei “Hana,” Kombucha “Buch”
Parents: Thomas and Cherilyn Hamilton
Brothers: Noah (8 years older, married to Becky), Timothy (4 years older, married to Kyah)
Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. At the age of thirteen, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within 2 years had won her first National title. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and since then her story has been told in a New York Times best selling autobiography and in the 2011 film, SOUL SURFER. Bethany is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging a broken world by offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ. Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book BODY AND SOUL in 2014. Bethany’s latest project, UNSTOPPABLE, a surf documentary which will showcase her as one of the best women surfers in the world, is set to release in 2018, accompanied by a photo book and a children’s book. She is passionate about helping young women be unstoppable in life and faith, and is launching a new website and app this Fall for sharing content and facilitating connection. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer, and motivational speaker.
Prior to the attack, Bethany Hamilton was known as an up-and-coming competitive surfer. Since the attack and due to her phenomenal reaction to it, Bethany’s fame has broadened to reach international fans. With interviews and requests coming within hours of the attack, through now – over nine years later, Bethany has proven to be an unforgettable story, a media darling and positioned as a leader.
» Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award “Favorite Comeback Athlete” (2014)
» Top 10 finish for USA in Rallye Aicha Des Gazelles Maroc (Gazelle Rally 2013)
» “Stars in Danger: The High Dive” TV show – 1st place synchronized dive with Stephen “Twitch” Boss (2013)
» Chris Greicius Celebrity Award from Make-a-Wish (2012)
» Heal the World Award from Children Mending Hearts (2012)
» Natural High honoree (2012)
» ASP Peter Whittaker Award (2012)
» New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author: Soul Surfer (2011)
» Life of a Maverick Award, Cinequest Film Festival (2011)
» Nominated for VH1’s Do Something Awards (2011)
» Woman of the Year from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (2006)
» Honolulu Citizens Award (2005)
» Mildred “Bob” Didrikson Zacharias Courage Award from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) (2005)
» USA Today – Free Spirit Award (2005)
» Woman of the Year from Gorbachev (Germany) (2004)
» Olympic Torch Honoree – Hawaii’s First Ever Triathlon (2004)
» ESPY Award (by ESPN) – Comeback Athlete of the Year (2004)
» FOX Teen Choice Awards – Courage Award (2004)
» Wahine O Ke Kai (Woman of the Sea) Award at the SIMA Waterman’s Ball (2004)
» Gene Autry Award – Courage and Inspiration Values (2004)
» First Pitch Honoree for both the Oakland A’s (2004) and the New York Yankees (2005)
» Belief.net “Most inspiring Person of the Year” Award – Finalist (2003)
» Life. Self. Glamour.
» Time. Time for Kids.
» People. Teen People.
» Sport Illustrated. Sports Illustrated Kids.
» O Magazine.
» YM. Teen Vogue. Seventeen.
» New York Times.
» Los Angeles Times.
» USA Today.
» US News and World Report.
» Success. Esquire.
» Guidepost. Readers Digest.
» American Girl Magazine. AYSO Magazine. NINE. Wet. STM. Jetty Girl. Justine. Twist.
» Surfer. Surfline. Free Surf. Transworld Surf. SG (cover).
» Christianity Today.
» BILD Newspaper, Germany. Blond Magazine, Germany.
» In Touch Weekly.
» “Dolphin Tale 2” film
» National Prayer Breakfast
» CNN: Anderson Cooper 360º, Breakthrough Women, Road Warriors
» NBC: Today Show. “The Biggest Loser” guest.
» Fox: Fox News, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”
» Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah’s “Where are They Now?”
» ESPN: ESPN News. ESPN Sport Center’s My Wish.
» Outdoor Life Network: “Fearless”
» ABC: Primetime. 20/20. Nightline. Good Morning America. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” guest. ABC Family’s “Switched.”
» TBN: The 700 Club.
» MTV: TRL. Teen Choice Awards.
» Nickelodeon: Kids Choice Awards.
» CBS: Inside Edition. The Early Show. “The Amazing Race” contestant (season 25).
» E! Entertainment: E! News, “15 Greatest Survival Stories”
» BBC, England. SternTV, Germany. Der Speigel.
» TLC: “19 Kids and Counting” guest, with the Duggar family.
» HLN “Salute to the Troops”
» Australia’s Sunrise TV
» Fuel TV “The Daily Habit”
» UK Ch.4: Richard & Judy show
» ACM Awards presenter (introduced Carrie Underwood’s performance)
» GMC: Gospel Music Awards Dove Awards (presenter)
» Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
» CIMA International Environmental Summit for Kids (Quito, Ecuador)
» Brooks Rehabilitation Celebrate Independence (Jacksonville, FL)
» VantagePoint Church (Corona, CA)
» Fellowship Church (Dallas, TX)
» Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)
» Rock The Universe (Universal Studios Florida)
» Crystal Cathedral (Garden Grove, CA)
» Hillsong (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
» Christ Community Church (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
» Harvest Crusade & Harvest Church (Riverside, CA)
» New Hope Oahu (Hawaii)
» Squaw Valley Institute (Olympic Valley, CA)
» Bay Area Fellowship (Corpus Christi, TX)
» Impact Church (Scottsdale, AZ)
and many more!
Surfing has been a way life for Bethany since she was able to get on a board. Coming back from her attack, she found solid success in surfing competition, but now truly looks to make her mark as a professional surfer in the free surfing arena (chasing waves, getting photos/videos published, and “Living The Search”). Bethany currently surfs in choice events of the World Surf League (WSL), and upon invite, in other special events. Below is a list of Bethany’s surfing highlights dating back to 2003.
» 3rd Place: FIJI WOMEN’S PRO – Cloudbreak, Tavarua, Fiji
» Tow surfed Pe’ahi “Jaws” on Maui and was nominated for Women’s Best Performance in the WSL Big Wave Awards
» 13th Place: SWATCH WOMEN’S PRO – Lower Trestles, San Clemente, CA-USA
» 1st Place: SURF N SEA PIPELINE PRO – North Shore, Oahu-Hawaii
» 9th Place: Supergirl Pro – Oceanside, CA-USA
» 9th Place: Telstra Drug Aware Pro – Margaret River, WA-AUS
» Quarter-Final Finish: Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang – Bali, Indonesia (Given a Wildcard, she’s the first woman to compete in this specialty barrel-riding event. Won her first heat!)
» 13th Place: Rip Curl Women’s Pro – Bells Beach, VIC-AUS
» 9th Place: Rip Curl Pro – Portugal
» 13th Place: Billabong Women’s Azores Island Pro – Sao Miguel-Azores Islands
» 9th Place: The Billabong World Junior Championship – Sydney, AUS
» Finished 14th on WSL’s World Qualifying series rankings
» 3rd Place: Rio Surf International – Rio de Janiero, Brazil
» 9th Place: Nike 6.0 Junior Pro
» 2nd Place: Billabong ASP World Junior Championship – AUS
» First World Tour event – got a Wild Card into the Gidget Pro at Sunset Beach, HI.
» Tow Surfed at the famous big wave Peahi “Jaws” on Maui, Hawaii, sparking the passion for more big-wave surfing in the future!
» Finished 14th on the ASP’s World Qualifying/Star Series Rankings
» 9th Place: Rio de Janeiro International – BRAZIL
» 5th Place: US Open of Surfing – Huntington Beach, CA
» 9th Place: Arrive Alive Central Coast Pro – NSW, AUS
» 3rd Place: Roxy Pro Surf Festival – Phillip Island, AUS
» 5th Place: NSSA Regionals
» 4th Place: Women’s Pipeline Championship
» 5th Place: NSSA National Championship: 18-and-under Finalist
» ISA Hawaii Team Results: 4th at Brazil event and 5th at World Games event in USA.
» Champion in NSSA National Competition
» Champion O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro tournament.
» 5th Place: First competition with one arm: NSSA Regional Event
» NSSA National Championship: 18-and-under Finalist
» 2nd Place: NSSA National Championships
» Returned to surfing with only one arm: Nov 26, 2003 (26 days after the shark bite)