Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a shark attack in 2003 has just announced that she and her husband Adam Dirks are expecting their first baby in June and chose to break the news via Youtube. Bethany, who has carved an enviable and successful pro career following the attack, has been an inspiration to thousands and this news will delight her legions of fans.
Bethany was only 13 years old when the attack happened on Halloween in Kauai on the North Shore of Hawaii, and her steely determination is evident by the fact that she returned to Surfing just 26 days later. By 2007, Bethany turned Pro and continues to compete regularly on the Word Tour, with her latest win being 1st place at the Surf and Sea Pipeline Pro in 2014. You can find out more about her incredible journey and unfaltering faith through her biographical book and film Soul Surfer.
Adam and Bethany reveal that they are expecting a boy, but are keeping the babies name to themselves for now. In the meantime, Bethany is continuing to Surf as often as possible during the pregnancy and has been paddling out for a few waves at Pipeline and Chopes!
Surf Report would like to say a big congratulations to both Bethany and Adam and good luck with the arrival of your little surf dude. The video of Adam and Bethany revealing their news can be seen below this article and was filmed by Aaron Lieber. Let us know if Bethany has inspired you and feel free to throw any baby name suggestions out there!