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Making Good Decisions

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Making Good Decisions

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Hamilton discusses the importance of making good decisions while young, and finding your passion.

Bethany's Biography

Ideal Interview Subject: Ashley Fiolek
Source of Strength: Her Christian faith
Three Words to Describe Herself: Adventurous, fun, and beautiful
Personal Philosophy: "Love God, love others and love myself."

Born into a family of surfers in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton has been surfing almost as long as she has been walking. Entering her first competition around age four, and sponsored by age nine, Bethany's love for the sport was immediately apparent. Despite a shark attack that took her left arm at age 13, her dedication has remained unwavering. Just one month after the tragic accident, Bethany was back on her surf board to pursue her goal of becoming a professional surfer, winning her first national title in 2005 and turning pro in 2007. Since then she has participated in numerous ASP and World Tour events, taking second place at the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. Her courage and determination was documented in her 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer, and a major motion picture bearing the same title (released theatrically in April of 2011). 

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