Bethany Hamilton Places Third in Fiji Women's Pro Competition
Professional surfer, shark attack survivor, writer, actress, mom and born-again Christian Bethany Hamilton placed third this weeked at the Fiji Women's Pro Competition. Bethany wrote on her Facebook page, "Thank you to my hubby, my family, Jon Roseman, Shane Beschen, Russell Lewis and all the girls on tour for pushing it! Loved competing and looking forward to more adventures."
The NY Times reported,
"She was given a wild-card berth into the fifth Tour event of the year, in Fiji. She was third and last in her opening round, but won a second-chance heat, upsetting Tyler Wright of Australia, the world’s No. 1 surfer, who had won three of the first four events. Scoring is based on the two best rides, and Hamilton had a 7.1 and a stellar 9.0 to win, 16.1-14.9. On her 9.0 ride, she started with a quick tube ride under the curl of the wave, then four slashing turns.
She won in Round 3 and the quarterfinals as well, before being eliminated in the semi-final by Johanne Defay of France, who went on to win the event."
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.
The 26 year old surfer is also the founder of a foundation, Friends of Bethany, a 501(c)3 non-profit that reaches out to encourage a broken world by offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ.