Introduction Bethany Hamilton is an inspiration to millions of people all around the world through her story of determination, hope, and faith. She was born February 8th 1990 on the Island of Kauai Hawaii. Her parents names are Tom Hamilton and Cheri Hamilton. Her brothers names are Tim Hamilton and Noah Hamilton. She has a dog named Ginger. Bethany began surfing when she was 8 years old. She entered her first competition called Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, that is where she also won both her short and long board divisions. From then on Bethany started to love surf competitions and wanted to become a professional surfer. Quotes "Compassion can drive us to do amazing things and give us perspecitve." "Love is bigger then a tsunami, stronger then any fear." "I don't want easy, just possible." I've learned life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up, because you never know what's over the next wave......and if you have faith, anything is possible, anything at all. I wouldn't change what happened to me because then I wouldn't have this chance, in front of all of you, to embrace more people than I ever could have with two arms. "God did have something bigger planned for me. What we all needed to do was trust... and believe." "My strength came from my relationship with Christ and from the love and encouragement of my family and friends." "I could never have embraced this many people with two arms"