Surfer Who Lost Her Arm In Shark Attack Beats World No.1

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Not only did Bethany Hamilton beat world’s No.1 surfer Tyler Wright, she also defeated six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore.

One-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton stunned the World Surf League's Fiji Women's Pro with her incredible performance.

The 26-year-old Hawaiian beat world number one Tyler Wright and six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore. However, during the semi-finals she lost to France's Johanne Defay.

When Hamilton was 13 years old, she was a rising surfing star in Hawaii. However, her left arm was bitten off in a shark attack in October 2003.

"I knew once I beat Tyler, I could beat anyone," she told the World Surf League. "At the end of the day, it's just getting it together and catching the right waves and just surfing my best."

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Even though Hamilton lost to Defay, Hamilton was happy with her performance, hoping her story would inspire young girls.

"I know I'm like in a unique position to hopefully encourage you girls to make great decisions as they're growing into women and also to chase their dreams," she said. "I think I'm just a reminder for the young girls that, 'Hey, like you can do it if you set your mind to it.'"

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