Bioghray Born into a family of surfers on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first state-wide surf competition, winning both the short and long board divisions and sparking in herself a love for surf competition. She went on to take runner up at the 2003 US National Championships. On October 31, 2003, at the age of 13, Bethany was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai's North Shore. The attack took Bethany's left arm, seemingly ending her career as a rising surf star just as it was beginning.
Her Story It came, literally, out of the blue. I had no warning at all; not even the slightest hint of danger on the horizon. The waves were small and inconsistent, and I was just kind of rolling along with them, relaxing on my board with my left arm dangling in the cool water. I remember thinking, "I hope the surf picks up soon..." That's all it took: a split second. I felt a lot of pressure and a couple of lightning fast tugs. Then I watched in shock as the water around me turned bright red. Somehow, I stayed calm. My left arm was gone almost to the armpit, along with a huge crescent-shaped chunk of my red, white and blue surfboard.
Why is she a good citizen -Bethany Hamilton is a good citizen because after she got her arm bitten off she didn`t stop living her dream. She kept trying and trying. Because of that she has inspired millions of kids to realize that they can do anything no matter who they are. -She has also written a book about what happened to her. You can learn from the book that you can do anything. Millions of kids looks up to her for all that she has done.
How this will affect the future? People aren`t just going to remember her as just the girl that got her arm bitten off. They’re going to remember her as an inspiration, someone to look up to. Look at her now, she`s surfing with one arm. She didn`t give up when it was hard for her. In the future, kids will realize that things might be hard for them but they shouldn’t give up.