Bethany Hamilton, the young surfer girl that lost her left arm to a shark attack in 2003 and won the heart of a nation with her survival and bravery in the face of loss, has turned out quite well, thank you very much. Just ask the HONOLULU ADVERTISER: “Today, Bethany has lost her braces, gained composure before a camera and sprouted to a willowy 5 feet 11.”
(We love how they subtly tell us that she’s turned into quite the babe. That’s the kind of class you won’t get from bloggers.)
Even better, she’s turned her love of surfing into a full-time pursuit. She’s in the thick of the competition to make it out of the surfing minor leagues and into the major tour in just her first pro season.