An inspiration around the globe, Bethany Hamilton is coming for a special meet and greet at the Oceanside Surf Ride Location. Part of her promotion as a Cobian Footwear Ambassador, Bethany will be signing posters and meeting fans on July 19, 2014, between 12-3 p.m.
We met Bethany in Oceanside CA when she went skydiving with Tsunami Skydivers (pictured below). Now it’s your turn!
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How you can meet Bethany Hamilton
Purchase a pair of Bethany sandals from Surf Ride and get a VIP pass to meet Bethany on July 19! These Cobian Sandals from the Bethany Hamilton Signature Sandal Collection are beachy and fun, but each Bethany purchase also makes a donation to Friends of Bethany, a non-profit that helps support and encourage shark attack victims and amputees worldwide. VIP passes and time to meet Bethany are limited, so the offer is on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more details.
The Bethany Hamilton Story
A competitive surfer, Bethany Hamilton grew up in a surfing family in Hawaii. In October 2003, at the age of 13, Bethany was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing, severing her arm. Although the attack took Bethany’s arm, she survived losing 60% of her blood and enduring several surgeries to return to the water just one month after the attack.
In January 2004, Bethany returned to competitive surfing with a 5th place in the Open Women’s division. Just over a year after her attack, Bethany placed first in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships. In the years following, Bethany continued to pursue her dream of becoming a pro surfer and realized that goal in 2007.
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The Bethany Hamilton story has been recognized by major media outlets worldwide, with numerous awards, and through public appearances and speaking engagements. Bethany shared her story in an autobiography entitled Soul Surfer, which was made into a major motion picture released in 2011. Bethany also inspired a documentary called Heart of a Soul Surfer and authored numerous other books. Now, through her professional surfing platform, Bethany Hamilton continues to strive to be a source of inspiration for others. Read more about her story here.
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Pick up a pair of Bethany Hamilton Cobian sandals from Surf Ride by July 17th online and by July 19th in store to have your chance to meet the inspirational surfer!
[featured image by Carolynn Primeau]