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Bethany Hamilton

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Krish Shah-Nathwani

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Transcript of Bethany Hamilton

The Soul Surfer
Kendall Curnuck
of Bethany Hamilton
Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you.
-Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton
Character Traits
Outside Research: What other sick patients has Bethany inspired?
Trait 1: Bethany shows extreme
in the book. She is faithful, loyal and devoted to Christ. "When people ask me what my faith in Christ means to me, I usually just answer in one word 'Everything' after the attack as much as, maybe even more, than before." (p 131) as you can see, Bethany shows extreme faith in Christ and that is what helped her get back on her board.
Trait 2: Bethany shows a lot of
in the book I think this because she learned how to surf with one arm and i think that takes a lot of determination. "But even before I got out of the hospital- in fact, by the second day of my on week stay- I was talking differently about the possibility of surfing again, I knew I could get back on my board." (p 176)
October 31, 2003
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Soul Surfer
How Bethany got back on her board
Bethany Hamilton
Character Traits Continued

The book
Soul Surfer
is about Bethany Hamilton, the girl who survived a shark attack, and how she got back on her board after losing her arm. The story starts off when Bethany (13 at the time) was surfing on Tunnels Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, and a shark bit her arm off. She had no arm from the armpit down. Before the attack Bethany was a rising star in the surfing world was winning tournaments left and right and she was the number one surfer in Hawaii. After the attack, the first question she asked was "When can I surf again?" Her faith in Christ helped her recover and after weeks and weeks of recovery she got back on her board. She is still the number one surfer in Hawaii with only one arm. This is a true story of determination, persistence and faith.
Bethany is very
about her arm. She doesn't really let the fact that she has one arm get to her. "I kinda just run around with my one arm- I call what's left of the other 'stumpy'". (p 198) This shows that Bethany doesn't really show any emotion about the attack, because the fact that she has a nickname for whats left of her arm seems pretty stoic to me.
Bethany Hamilton
Kendall Curnuck is a Bethany Hamilton super fan. At age 6, Curnuck, a rising star on the dance floor was diagnosed with leukemia. To inspire her during treatment, she watched the movie Soul Surfer. Now at age 8, the ESPN make a wish foundation, her wish of meeting her Bethany Hamilton and go surfing with her was granted.
-After only 26 days of losing her arm, she got back to surfing.

-Not only does she have a book and a movie about her life, but she has helped develop fragrances and a jewelry line.

-AnnaSophia Robb played her in the Soul Surfer movie.

-Age 8 she entered her first surf competition: Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championship.

-Volunteered with World Vision where in 2005 she brought orphans back to the ocean for the first time since Tsunami.

-She won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.

- Her parents taught her to surf when she was 5 years old. By age 7 she could surf waves with no help.

-In the shark attack, she lost 60% of her blood.

-At age 23 she married Adam Dirks a Christian youth minister.

-She is the youngest of 3 and the only girl. She has a brother that's 8 years older than her and a brother that's 4 years older than her (of course she's the most famous).
Bethany Hamilton Fun Facts
Shark Attacks
- The odds of gettig attacked by a shark are one in 11.5 million according to Discovery News

- In the United States, 16 people per year get attacked by a shark (National Geographic)

- In the world in 2013 there were sixteen fatal shark attacks

- For every human killed by a shark, humans kill two million sharks.

- Sharks often confuse human surfers with their prey

- In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.

- You have a one in 218 chance of dying from a fall and a one in 3.7
chance of getting killed by a shark

- 93% of shark attacks from 1580 to 2010 worldwide were on males.

- Surfers accounted for 50.8% of all attacks in 2010.

- Over the last half-century, there have been more unprovoked shark attacks in Florida (27 out of a total 139) between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. than at any other time of day.
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