Bethany Hamilton Of Hawaii Pushes Past Fear In New Endeavor

  • Years ago, as a young teenager, she gained national attention when she tragically lost an arm to a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing in Kauai, Hawaii. The shark bit off her left arm just below the shoulder in the attack.
  • Her story of difficulty — followed by her determination to get back in the water right after she healed from the medical emergency buoyed the millions of people who learned of her story through her 2004 book, “Soul Surfer,” and the 2011 film adaptation of it by the same name.
  • Today, the wife and mother of three has released a new children’s book, “Surfing Past Fear” (Brave Books, Oct. 2022), as she continues to participate in surfing and lead an active life.