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Topics: Hawaii, Surf culture, Surfing Pages: 3 (532 words) Published: October 14, 2014
Reading and Writing Portfolio (10) – Person of the year

Person of the Year

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton is an American professional surfer. She survived a shark attack which cost her left arm. She overcame the injury and return to professional surfing ultimately. After her recovery, she enters various surfing competitions and gets excellent results. Bethany has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements. She has written a book about her life, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, and try to bring enlightenment to others.

The past of Bethany
Born into a family of surfers on February 8th, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. Bethany entered her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, at the age of eight, where she won two champions. This undoubtedly sparked her love on surfing. However, the good time did not last forever. On October 31st, 2003, when Bethany was 13, she was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. Her left arm was being totally bitten off and she almost lost her life due to a tremendous blood lost. Bethany managed to overcome this hard time and recovered from the injury. This shark attack has surely changed Bethany’s life forever.

Another way to surf
Just one month after the attack, Bethany returned back to the water and continued to pursue her dream to be a professional surfer. Of course, without one arm, everything that once seemed simple became so difficult for Bethany. She has relearnt every skills and positions she had learnt about surfing before. Yet none of this has once discouraged Bethany to give up on her dream. In January, 2004, she made her return to surf competition with one arm. She placed the 5th in the Open Women’s division of the National Scholastic Surfing Association National (NSSA) Competition. Bethany continued to enter and excelled...
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