Hi, all! Anouk Govil here! I see you’ve managed to reach my Blog page. Here I will talk about my newfound love for surfing, from my favorite surfer Bethany Hamilton to surfing events I have attended as a spectator (I’m hoping to join one of these in the near future). From time to time, I may also share about things that interest me. Oh, and since I am currently a college student, I may also share with you my experiences on campus.
Bethany Hamilton, My Surfing Hero
Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer who has competed in—and dominated—numerous surfing competitions. Her surfing career started in 1998 when she joined the Rell Sun Menehue competition, besting other competitors to emerge the champion.
In 2002, she once again dominated the waves and landed first place at the Open Women’s Division of the NSSA.
Honestly, I didn’t know about her until after I saw the movie, “Soul Surfer,” which was based on her autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.” Her story moved me to tears. Here was this young girl, facing the biggest challenge of her life, and yet fighting on in pursuit of her dreams. She is an inspiration to me, and I can only imagine, to many as well.
At the young age of 13, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while she was on her board in the waters of Tunnels Beach. She lost her left arm in the attack, and with it, her hopes of becoming a professional surfer.
But with the help of her family, friends, and the community, she overcame her fears and relentlessly pursued her passion. Suffice to say, she is a champion to many not only on the waves but when it comes to life in general.
Her positive outlook, her faith, and her advocacy to inspire others through her personal journey are what I admire most about her. I mean, here is this girl beating all the odds to continue living the life that she’s always dreamed of. If she can do it, I’ve got no excuse not to live the life I’ve always wanted, don’t you agree?
What about you? Do you have a personal hero? Please do share! I would love to hear all about them!
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