Bethany Hamilton was born in idyllic Kauai, Hawaii and was raised with the ocean as her backyard. From a very young age she took to the water and showed a natural talent for surfing. Her mother often joked that she was a mermaid. As a teenager she lead the perfect “surfer girl” life, competing in competitions and having a blast with her best friend, Alana.
But then everything changed.
On Halloween morning.
The day started out as a typical fun in the sun and play in the surf kind of day but then a 14-foot tiger shark came along and turned her typical day into a life altering nightmare.