The One-Armed Soul Surfer

About the amazing and influential Bethany Hamilton. Website Created by: Sreya Peddi. Background Photo from

A Bethany Hamilton Quote.

About the Author and the Website's Purpose:

Hi, my name is Sreya Peddi and I am a 6th Grader at Holman Middle School in Henrico County, near Richmond, Virginia. I love to create art and music.

The purpose of this website is for an English research project. I had a choice to choose any influential person for this project, I chose the wonderful Bethany Hamilton. In school, my class and I have been learning about nonfiction text structure and features. There are three paragraphs with nonfiction structures such as, description, problem and solution, and chronological. Hope you like and enjoy my website!  Bethany Hamilton has inspired millions of people like me to be courageous and not to let fear stop you in any way. Her faith and confidence in Jesus made her get back into the water. Hope you like and enjoy my website!

Descriptive Paragraph:

Born with the Heart and Soul of the Wave. ( Early Life)

Bethany Meilani Hamilton was born in the tropical state of Hawaii, specifically, in the beautiful island of Lihue in the county of Kauai on February 9, 1990. She has two older brothers, Noah, who is 8 years older, and Timmy, who is 4 years older. She has three Shar-pei Dogs who are named Hanalei (Hana), Fu Min (Fui), and finally Kombucha (Buch). When she was four years old, she started surfing. At the age of 10, she started being home schooled because she wanted to have more time to surf. Halloween of 2003 is a day that Bethany will never forget. She was just 13 years old at the time, and on that day, a huge Tiger Shark bit her left arm off, changing her entire life. “It came, literally, out of the blue,” Bethany says. Suddenly the water turned lipstick red and 60% of her blood was lost. Bethany’s whole career was on a cliff at that tragic time.

Thanks to her faith and confidence in Jesus, Bethany was back in the water in less than a month after the shark attack. She succeeded and her career as a professional surfer began in 2007. Jumping in to the future, Bethany fell in love and got married to a youth minister, Adam Dirks. Bethany is now surfing with one of the best woman surfers in the world.

Bethany Hamilton was Born in Lihue, Hawaii on February 8, 1990.

Young Bethany coming back from a good surf with big waves.

Problem and Solution Paragraph: One Arm and a "Stumpy."

When Bethany Hamilton was 13 years old, a Tiger Shark bit Bethany's left arm off. Bethany remembers what the Kauai paramedic said to her very softly, "God will never leave you or forsake you." Because of her faith in Jesus, she has gone very far. Once she returned home from the hospital, she could not tie her hair or cut fruits and vegetables, and of course, she could not go back to surfing immediately. Bethany solved this issue by keeping her faith in Jesus and herself. She stayed strong and eventually, she got back in the blue  Hawaiian water. Bethany named her left arm "Stumpy", since it is cut off almost at her shoulder. As a result, she was able to continue to become a professional surfer.

Bethany Hamilton after the mishap with the famous surfboard which the shark bit some off.

The Surfboard is now in the History of Woman's Surfing section of the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, California.  

On Halloween Morning, 2003 Bethany lost her arm to a Tiger Shark at Tunnels Beach.

Chronological Paragraph: Time Waves By!

(Bethany Hamilton's Career)

When Bethany was at the age of four in 1994, she learned how to surf with her mom and dad. Few years after in 1998, she had her first real surfing competition which was the Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championships in Oahu, Hawaii. She won 1st place in that competition. A year later, she landed a deal with her major sponsors, who are Rip Curl and Tim Carroll Surfboards. During the years of 2000 to 2002, she moved up rankings in the Amateur Surfing Competition by winning and getting high scores in the events. In 2003, before the shark attack she was in 2nd place at the NSSA National Championships. In 2004, she received the ESPY, “Best Comeback Athlete” Award from ESPN. Her bestselling autobiography, Soul Surfer which was released by MTV Pocket Books and Simon and Schuster, Inc.. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association awarded Bethany a special Woman of the Sea award.

In 2005 she visited Thailand with World Vision and brought orphans back to the ocean for the first time since the tsunami. She received the, "Mildred Babe Dirdrikson-Zacharias Courage Award," from the United States Sports Academy. Bethany won the United States national under-18 surf championships. (NSSA National Championships in the Explorer Woman’s Division.) In 2008, she was placed 3rd place in the Roxy Pro and 5th place in the US Open of Surfing in California. In 2009, Bethany was in 2nd place in the World Junior (Under 20) at Sydney, Australia. During the same year, she was 3rd place in the Rio Surf International. Bethany was part of the Top 10 finish for USA in the Woman Only Gazelle Rally, in 2013. During 2014, Bethany won the Surf 'n' Sea Pipeline Woman's Pro.

Bethany Hamilton's Career Timeline: 1994 to 2014.

(I apologize if the font is small below, all the information is above too)

Rip Curl is one of Bethany Hamilton's major sponsors. Most of her surfboards have Rip Curl's logo on them. I drew this picture.

This short video above, is one of the many best Bethany Hamilton Surfs. This took place in Maui, Hawaii. If this video is not working, I would strongly suggest this link: I truly apologize for this problem.


Works Cited

Bethany Hamilton – Professional Surfer, Role Model, Inspiration. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Jan. 2015.

"Bethany Hamilton." Wikipedia. N.p., 27 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.

Hamilton, Bethany, Sheryl Berk, and Rick Bundschuh. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. New York, NY: Pocket, 2012. Print.

Webster, Andy. "‘Soul Surfer’ Is Bethany Hamilton’s Shark Tale." New York Times. N.p., 8 Apr. 2011. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.

Hamilton, Bethany. "Timeline." Bethany Hamilton. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Jan. 2015.

"Bethany Hamilton." Web MB. N.p., 10 Mar. 2011. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.

Comment Stream

3 years ago

I love how you organized this website

3 years ago

I love how you described her in your paragraphs-Asha

3 years ago

I love the graphics and the informational paragraphs - Ananya Menon

3 years ago

nice video! Ryan Hickey