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Bethany Hamilton: Virgin and Waiting till Marriage

April 22nd, 2012 by

The pressure to have sex is huge. Sex has become so casual in our culture. What is the big deal about having or not having sex before marriage? The big deal is that God created sex for a purpose- to unite a man and a woman in marriage.

Soul Surfer Devotionals,  p.  51

Never did a surfer girl from Hawaii imagine that surviving a shark attack would catapult her into global spotlight. But Bethany Hamilton’s integrity, beauty, compassion, and courage are only some of the personality traits that have transformed her into a household name. From literature, to film, to international visits to wounded soldiers, Bethany, only in her twenties, touches the hearts of many as a globally renowned role model.

Quotes About Abstinence And Waiting Till Marriage

I don’t have a boyfriend… Life’s pretty hectic right now, and I’m not really in a rush. I’m really just excited to save my purity for marriage, and I’m not really hunting down any one person but just enjoying life.

I definitely believe God has someone special for me. I just want to honor Him and patiently wait for that special someone. Can’t wait! (haha, not so patient) I’ve only dated one person. I haven’t kissed anyone! I’m really glad with my choices and don’t feel the need to rush anything.

We have all done, said or thought things that we know are wrong. In other words, we have chosen to go our own way instead of God’s. This “going our own way” is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.”

On Her Faith

If you want to receive Christ, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord RIGHT NOW by praying a prayer like this. Remember, it is not only the words that are important but also the attitude of your heart.

168 hours in a week. 2 hours of church. Is this enough? It’s a relationship (: invest time in HIM!!!”

On Having A Boyfriend

I rather spend time surfing, then wasting my time with boys I probably won’t marry. Why go out with boys that aren’t mature or kind to me?

Interesting Facts About Bethany Hamilton

  1. Having lost her arm, Bethany has become a pro at cutting fruit with the aid of her feet! She holds the fruit steady   between her feet while sitting on the floor and then cuts them.
  2. After the attack, the family opted to stay at a rental beach house in Anahola for a while, rather than dealing with the reporters who were waiting at their home.
  3. She started surfing when she was 4 years old.
  4. Bethany writes poems and songs.
  5. She has only dated one person and has never kissed anyone.
  6. She loves veggies! She tries to eat 70% vegetables for every meal.
  7. Bethany has two older brothers named Noah and Timm.
  8. She is a righty.
  9. Her shoe size is 8 ½.
  10. She has two Shar-pei dogs named  Hanalei (“Hana”) and Fu Min (we call her “Fui”).
  11. Aside from working with World Vision, she has also founded the Friends of Bethany Hamilton, a non-profit organization that provides support to amputees and shark attack victims. She also works with Walking on Water, Beating the Odds Organization and the Foundation for a Better Life, among a number of others.


Born: Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Begins surfing at a young age.

Age 5: Bethany’s parents, Tom and Cheri, instill their faith in Jesus Christ within Beth. At this age, she makes the decision to have a personal relationship with Him. Her foundation of faith has been her backbone; her source of truth, hope, and strength.

Age 8: Enters her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she wins both the short and long board divisions, and falls in love with competitive surfing.

Age 9: Receives first major surf sponsorships: Rip Curl and Tim Carroll Surfboards.

Age 10– 12: Receives sponsorship from by Angel eyewear and Gallaz shoes
Moves up the rankings in amateur surfing competition. Places high and wins many events.

Begins homeschooling to free up time to surf after finishing sixth grade at the Hanalei School.

Age 13: October 31, 2003, Bethany is attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack leaves Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany is on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude.

Just one month after the attack, Bethany returns to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. Places 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest (January of 2004)/ Becomes finalist in the “Most inspiring Person of the Year” award from Receives international TV, magazine, and newspaper recognition: ABC News 20/20 (Nov 21, 2003), Inside Edition (Nov 21, 2003), Good Morning America (Nov 2003), Anderson Cooper 360º (Dec 8, 2003)

Age 14: Takes 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title. Shares her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer.

Wins numerous awards including: Special “courage award” at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards, ESPY Award (by ESPN) – Comeback Athlete of the Year (July 2004), Woman of the Year from Gorbachev (Germany) (2004), Olympic Torch Honoree – Hawaii’s First Ever Triathlon (2004), FOX Teen Choice Awards – Courage Award (2004), Wahine O Ke Kai (Woman of the Sea) Award at the SIMA Waterman’s Ball (2004), Gene Autry Award – Courage and Inspiration Values (2004), Honoree recipient of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award.

Tours Europe and attends scholastic events to promote her autobiography. Visits wounded US Soldiers in Germany.

Age 15:  Continues to receive various awards including: Takes Honolulu Citizens Award (2005), Mildred “Bob” Didrikson Zacharias Courage Award from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) (2005), USA Today – Free Spirit Award (2005), Honolulu Citizens Award (2005)

Travels to Phuket, Thailand on August 27-31 of 2005 for World Vision and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. During her time there she shares her story, raises awareness of disabilities and works with orphans, encouraging them not to be afraid of the water. Ultimately, this leads to many children and locals taking to the water and surfing.

Claire’s stores release “Bethany Hamilton / Soul Surfer” jewelry and accessories.  Revelations Perfume & Cosmetics releases “Stoked” and “Wired to Live” Fragrance/cosmetic line. Speaks at Willow Creek Community Church Wins the United States national under-18 surf championships! (2005 NSSA National Championships, Explorer Women’s division). Appears in Richard & Judy show in UK (April 14, 2005).

Age 16: Receives Woman of the Year award from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (2006). Travels to the Mentawais, Indonesia – one was a Rip Curl Girls Search surf trip; the other was with Walking on Water for the filming of their surf movie and Bethany’s documentary. Travels to Mexico for a missions trip with church youth group.

Age 17: Travels with her family to Mentawais, Indonesia for a surf trip. Does Indonesia surf/mission trip to help with community assistance program through Holidays with a Purpose. Releases personal documentary “Heart of a Soul Surfer”, which tours film festivals around the world (February 2007).

Does a lot of ‘motivational appearances’ worldwide – Surf trip to Puerto Escondido. Places 13th at US Open of Surfing in California. Becomes a  guest speaker in Rock the Universe at Universal Studios, FL. Nominated for Best Female Performance (her documentary nominated for Best Documentary.) Goes to Mexico mission trip again with church youth group. Places 13th at Reef Hawaiian Pro on Oahu. Appears in the movie Down The Barrel.

ZonderKids  publishes Soul Surfer™ book series  including: the “Soul Surfer Bible”, “Ask Bethany”, “Rise Above” (a 90-day Devotional), and the Soul Surfer Fiction Series: “Clash”, “Burned”, “Storm”, & “Crunch”.

Age 18: Places 3rd at the Roxy Pro in Australia – her best finish yet in a professional surfing competition! First year full-time surfing on the WQS (Women’s Qualifying Series) Pro surfing circuit – traveling around the world for competition and training – end of the year finished 14th in the world on the Pro Qualifying Series rankings!

Places 5th place at US Open of Surfing in California! Travels to Bali, Indonesia for a surf trip with Rip Curl. Appears as a guest at Saddleback Church in Southern CA. Travels to Tahiti  with brothers for surf training. Travels to other countries  including Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Portugal.

Begins meetings with Hollywood ‘Bethany movie’ production team. The shark attack that nearly left her paralyzed helps her find her path in life and she soon begins studies in theology after high school, completing an Associate’s Degree at Calvary Chapel Bible College.

After a mission trip to Kauai, she decides that was where she belongs and ultimately moves there. She has since founded Kauai Child and a number of youth groups on the North Shore.

Age 19: Finishes second in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. Her story is re-featured in many top US networks/shows: Inside Edition, 20/20, ESPN, and E! Entertainment. Competes on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” – FOX’s hit game show, and wins $25,000! Travels to Sumatra & Bali, Indonesia for a surf trip with brothers! (Story featured on

Places 3rd place at the Rio Surf International (WQS) in Rio de Janiero, Brazil! Featured on Surfer Mag’s IN THE LINEUP video! Brookwell McNamara Entertainment and Sony’s Affirm Films announces a FEATURE MOVIE about her story. Finishes 14th on ASP’s World Qualifying Series Ratings. Tow Surfs at the famous big wave Peahi “Jaws” on Maui, Hawaii, sparking the passion for more big-wave surfing in the future!

Age 20: Theatrical Movie, Soul Surfer, about Bethany’s story begins production in Hawaii. Special appearance on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (season 7, episode 24: Carr Family). Returns to Tahiti for surf trip twice. Boat trip with Rip Curl girls to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia – a Tip2Tip adventure. Ranks  20th on the 2010 ASP Women’s Tour. Appears on an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Age 21: Her book is made into a major motion picture bearing the same title (Soul Surfer) which releases theatrically in April, and for home entertainment in August, 2011. Travels around the USA, France, UK, & Ireland to promote the release of the movie. Surf trip with Rip Curl in Indonesia, sustains an arm injury with nerve damage.  Movie nominated for several awards: Teen Choice Movie Drama, Teen Choice Movie Actress Drama (Anna Sophia Robb). ESPY Best Sports Movie, Satellite Award for Best Music Score (Marco Beltrami), Artios Award in Casting Independent Features (Joey Paul Jensen). Appears on ESPN Sport Center’s My Wish. Appears on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” with the Duggar family.

Becomes a nominee for VH1’s Do Something Awards. Goes back to Mexico for another surf trip. Travels to Maldives for a Surf & Charity trip with +H20. Movie wins ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Faith, Family & Country Award! Shoots a video for the Christian organization, I Am Second, telling about her struggle after the shark attack and how she trusted in God to get her through it.

Age 22: Receives ASP Peter Whittaker Award (2012). Releases a docudrama feature film Soul Surfer, based on her 2004 book. She is portrayed by Anna Sophia Robb—with Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Craig T. Nelson, Carrie Underwood and Kevin Sorbo also starring in the film. Hamilton performs all the one-armed surfing stunts in the film.

Becomes a guest speaker at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. Receives the following award and recognitions: New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author: Soul Surfer, Life of a Maverick Award, Cinequest Film Festival (2011), Nominated for VH1’s Do Something Awards (2011)

References & Credits


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65 Responses to “Bethany Hamilton: Virgin and Waiting till Marriage”

  1. Sally says:

    Thanks Olivier! By the way, have you seen Soul Surfer ??

  2. Olivier says:

    Np, Sally. Yes, I have the Soul Surfer DVD and I love it!

  3. holdingtohope says:

    cool! Go Bethany——awesome example on many levels 🙂

  4. Phat Baby23 says:

    Bethany Hamilton is a strong women to still be alive from the shark attack.

  5. Hope says:

    She is my rolemode, god bless her and her family! My aunt also knows her

  6. Olivier says:

    Holding2Hope – She is a fantastic example, I agree

    PhatBaby – Definitely a strong woman

    Hope- She is an incredible role model. Any guy would be lucky to have her. It’s super cool that your aunt knows her!! 🙂

  7. emily says:

    dear, bethany i am a huge fan. i never knew about you then my friend brought soul sufer to my house. i love your move. soul sufer is the best movie in the whole wide world. i love you so much. keep up the great work! love emily .

  8. Olivier says:

    Cool letter, Emily. Thnx for sharing!

  9. LiveTheDream says:

    I read her story in the book “I Am Second.”

    She really is an inspiration and an awesome woman.

  10. Mary george says:

    Bethany u are human and best in all realms of life

  11. Carol says:

    Bethany you are an inspiration. I have three young children who have all trusted Christ and you are such an amazing testimony to them. You are proof that God works all things together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

  12. Uzo says:

    Gods continous protection and grace upon you and your family. Bless your heart dear. Keep on keeping the faith!!

  13. . says:

    Soulsurfer broke my heart. I cried, cried, cried. It’s nice to see someone as strong as you. Hope everything goes well, you deserve it.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Love ya girly truly inspirational !!!! Never give up 🙂

  15. Joe says:

    Your courage, insite, and love of life is an inspiration to me and I can’t get my teenage son to see what I see in You. I see God in you. Few people are this blessed with closness to God. I have always had a strong relationship with Him. He is right up next to your skin. I saw you in the movie walking past the camera not in a roll, just a cameo. I swear God pointed that out to me. I’m not talking about the surf shots either. You look very close to My first love and incidentally, we avoided contact for the same reasons. I wish I’d married her. She was 4-5 inches taller but the love was on the same level. Love, Respect and Peace. These are the staples of a lasting relationship and a solid marrriage. I have only been married once and its overrated when outside forces force two people into ugly situations. My son like the Fathers son is cherished and appreciated. Talent runs deep in our family. I always wanted to surf. I have had dreams of getting lessons from you presonally. But I’m am too old at 62. So maybe in the afterlife. God Love and Bless you. Make love to someone you can’t live without. People don’t marry compatable partners. God loves differences.

  16. Casey P. says:

    I’m 13 and I wanna be a surfer but don’t live close to the water. I was really inspired by Bethany and she’s a true hero and any man would be lucky to be with a girl like her. My dream is to meet Bethany and possibly surf with her.

  17. Anonymous says:

    tgsis siks cool

  18. Anonymous says:

    her arm looks so wierd.

  19. Anonymous says:

    dont be mean i think it doesn’t matter wether she has both or not bethany is such a good person

  20. Jessie says:

    Every time i watch soul surfer i cry i cant believe what you’ve gone through i’ve told all my classmates and all my teachers about you i wish i could meet you i have done a lot of my literacy work and writing about you i love all your fan page.God bless you are an amazing person you are a living miracle i would die to meet you Bethany here is a little poem i write about you:
    Amazing people are put into the world for a porpoise
    Some to create brilliant things,some to perform great tricks and some to teach us
    You Bethany are given to us by god because you are a are an inspiration to us all,
    You are a god given gift ,you are my imaginary friend i know i don’t know you but you are my friend you and i would get along great if only i could meet you.

    By Jessie Osborne aged 10

  21. Jessie says:

    Do you have a boyfriend cuz an amazing person like you deserves the best .i would love to be friends with you

  22. Cindi says:

    Stay away from that dude, Joe, Bethany.

  23. Abbie says:

    Inspirational isn’t the word!! Bethany motivates me to persevere what I love! God is my number one role model in life and like Bethany I also enjoy writing songs as well a poetry!! Y’all may think I am strange however I do pray for Bethany every night! I am honored to be her sister through Christ! Bethany Hamilton you are a true benediction!!
    God Bless you!

  24. Anonymous says:

    My Hero!<3

  25. anonymous says:

    Wow… I totally loved this movie… It has made me think about so thought in particular. There is always someone out there with a bigger problem than your own…. What an inspiration Bethany is to many people out there….

  26. pradeep says:

    marrige photo of bethany

  27. lovegod says:

    Hey bethany I love the movie it ture what you said god make evething for a reason gold bless you

  28. Helga says:

    She is so amazing!!! God bless her!! (:

  29. Eunice says:

    Bethany, you are the best role model.
    I love your determination and how you are not afraid to go into the water.
    You are very beautiful and I hope that God will bless you for the rest of your life.
    You have inspired me to start taking surfing lessons.

  30. Sarah says:

    Bethany u r a great person. God has used u in so many ways. U helped me strengthen my weak faith. I watch your movie a lot. When u first watched it, I cried my eyes out!!!

  31. eden says:

    ..yeah u’r an inspiration to every person whom u never met..keep it up..

  32. Anonymous says:

    You are a great role model!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. rohit says:

    i love to have a wife or gf like you. you are so pretty and good human being ..

  34. Madeline says:

    Just do surfing its cooler to hang out with your friends

  35. Madeline says:

    Just live with your best friend

  36. marry-jane says:

    Bethany was only 13 when she got attacked? Wow! Im still glad shes here. If only we knew each other and were friends and surf buddies just like her and alana

  37. marry-jane says:

    I would love to get my arm bit off and survived and still continued to surf and do interveiws and make tons of friends and let them talk about me

  38. Pamela says:

    You go girl!!! be all you can be in life. be strong your a very good girl and you know what you want out of life. take it all in while your young. keep surfing and don’t let any one tell you can’t. because you can do any thing you want to. don’t ever let any one tell you any different. your special. stay special you go girl!!!!! the world is yours.

  39. Edward Stead says:

    God Bless you Bethany.

  40. Nichole says:

    Just watched the movie. Totally cried and amazed. I’m 28 years old and I don’t think I’d have the strength to do what she did and still does. God Bless you Bethany and your whole family. Keep on being a great role model and inspiration!!!!!

  41. Unknown says:

    after reading what Bethany had to say and realising how tough her life has been for her i would love to have a girlfriend with a missing limb to prove to people they are human and that everyone is beautiful and i want to make a girl feel special no matter how low she feels inside

  42. Faith says:

    You are totally a remarkable young lady! Gods love glows within you and shines onto others! May your prayers be answered and your life be fulfilled!

  43. Kyley rose Goritz says:

    Great job bethany

  44. Kyley rose Goritz says:

    Great job

  45. Kyley rose Goritz says:

    I love you

  46. PinkLife says:

    Great story about Bethany. Thank you. Bethany is living life to the fullest trusting God always. It’s an incredible journey!

  47. Sarah says:

    I love Jesus and I’m inspired by Bethany
    I love you Bethany

  48. Brittany says:

    I love u !!!! U r the brst suffer I have ever seen !

  49. Kayla says:

    Bethany I love you so much I want to meet you

  50. Kayla says:

    I’m doing a speech on you for school and I hope everyone will love it


  51. VirginityIsForSuckers says:

    Go get laid bethany. Or at least find a boy to share your life with.

  52. nana says:

    after watching the soul surfer i started to surf the net to find more info about u. U’re the bravest girl ever on earth. I love u, and longing to meet u.

  53. G says:

    love the movie it’s inspiring me to do more with my life and live every day to the fullest
    thanks bethany no one has ever shown me as much as you have with what your doing with your life

  54. jacob churches says:

    your so awesome bethany you should add me on facebook cause you seem really cool…

  55. Island gal says:

    Saw your movie and cried heaps, God bless you always. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  56. Makenzie says:

    You inspire me

  57. Rosley Feliciano says:

    What an inspired testimony! God bless you always, you have touched my life with your faith!

  58. mark brogan says:

    Bethany, my daughter Camryn is a huge fan of yours, we have been to Kauai twice, and my daughter has taken surfing lessons with friends of yours in Hanalei. we will be in Kauai this summer 2013 (we are from nj)
    we have been to the Hanalei church with father goto on sundays during our of luck with your wedding. god bless, the brogan family Mullica hill, nj

  59. Kayleigh says:

    I love what you do Bethany. You truely are an amazing person. I saw your movie. It’s incredible. You are so brave and an inspiration to everyone. You have encouraged me to keep my head up at all times and keep living life to the fullest. You are a great person and deserve the best. Thank you so much Bethany.

  60. masha baker says:

    She is a one of my role models she is really cool I am only 13

  61. saleh says:

    Hi, my name is saleh salem. I really watch your movie,after I watched. I just thinking, how can she feel? or what she doing? I really apologa when i watched. thank you so so much.

  62. Delaney says:

    I like have the movie Soul Surfer I thought it was sad when the shark bite her arm off but at the end,when she had went to another computation when she Like was on her board I was very happy she could still surf.

  63. whoops says:

    Bethany is the most inspirational person ever! when I watched the movie I cried, it was so moving. I love you, Bethany ! xx

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  65. Yo Mama says:

    I have to do a report on Bethany ;(

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