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Make A Wave Essay

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On February 8, 1990, Bethany Hamilton was born in Hanalei, Hawaii. Bethany Hamilton became hero to many persons in the world, but most notably physically handicapped people. She changed the surfing world and how people viewed physically handicapped people by not letting the loss of her arm stop her from surfing. Her parents say that she has saltwater in her veins and has been surfing since she was five years old. Because this of saltwater in her veins there was no way that she would let the loss of a limb stop her from getting back on the waves.
On October 31, 2003, Bethany Hamilton went to the ocean with her friend to surf. It was 6:40 a.m. when she got on her surfboard. At this time Bethany was 13 years of age. When she was surfing a shark came towards her and all she felt was a tug on her arm. “The shark shook his head back and forth, punching a hole in the board and severing Bethany’s arm just past the shoulder” (Bender and Sterrett 194). “That’s all it took: a split second. I felt a lot of pressure and a couple of lightning-fast tugs. I couldn’t make out any details, but I knew that the huge jaws of a fifteen-foot tiger shark covered the top of my board and my left arm” (B. Hamilton 15). Bethany and her friend were so far away from the shore “a quarter of a mile” that it took them about fifteen minutes to get back to the shore (Sandler 17). Once she reached the reef, her friend’s dad made a tourniquet. This is probably what helped save her life because it helped to stop the bleeding. She had already “lost 70% of her blood” by the time she got to the hospital (B. Hamilton 105).
When Bethany woke up from her surgery, the first thing she wanted to know was when could she start surfing again. Within a month, Bethany went back to the ocean. “Under her right arm she carried her surfboard. She’d had made a remarkable recovery” (T. Hamilton). Was it too soon for her to be back in the water, many wondered. “It’s hard for me to describe the joy I felt after I stood up and rode wave in for the first time after the attack. I was incredibly thankful and happy inside. The tiny bit of doubt that would sometimes tell me you’ll never surf again was gone in one wave” (B. Hamilton). Bethany faced many challenges in becoming a competitive surfer again. However, these challenges are what made her a hero to others. The fact that she did not stop. “On January 10, 2004, Bethany surfed in her first competition since losing her arm. Only ten weeks had passed since the shark attack” (B. Hamilton 25). She kept training and training which enabled her to get back into competitive amateur surfing....

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