75 Bethany Hamilton Quotes from American Professional Surfer

Bethany Hamilton is an American professional surfer, author and motivational speaker.

She lost her arm in a shark attack at 13 but quickly returned to surfing.

Hamilton grew up in a family of surfers and began the sport young winning her first competition at eight.

After the shark attack in 2003 she returned to competitive surfing and turned professional in 2007.

Bethany Hamilton Quotes

Hamilton has shared her story through books documentaries and movies including the popular “Soul Surfer.”

She also co-founded the nonprofit organization Friends of Bethany Hamilton which supports people with catastrophic injuries.

I have curated the list of the most inspiring quotes by Bethany Hamilton.

Best Bethany Hamilton Quotes


Life is full of what-ifs. You can’t let it hold you back. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Love is bigger than any tidal wave or fear. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


God has a lot more to give and to offer than the world has to give. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


It’s been amazing to touch people’s lives. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


You fall off the horse and you get back on. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Love is bigger then a tsunami, stronger then any fear. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Your looks do not define who you are. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I don’t know how long I’ll be competing, but I’ll always be surfing. I’ll be surfing until I’m old. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Compassion can drive us to do amazing things and give us perspective. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

There’s no such thing as a handicap – it’s all in your head. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Strive to find things to be thankful for and just look for the good in who you are! ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Famous Bethany Hamilton Quotes

I don’t really want people looking to me for inspiration. I just want to be a sign along the way that points toward Heaven. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

God gave us strength and unity to push through all this stuff that we never knew would happen. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I just love being on the ocean and being creative on the waves and the feeling you get when you’re surfing. All around it’s beautiful and fun. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


God did have something bigger planned for me. What we all needed to do was trust… and believe. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Being present means living your actual life, accepting it for what it is, and making the absolute most of it. Cut out the constant barrage of distractions so you can be truly present with the people and things that matter most. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

My faith in God is a huge part of my life, and yeah He has blessed me with an amazing family, and group of friends. In the Bible he tells us to think positively about ourselves, to not be down on ourselves. So I just try to live the way He wants me to, and make the best decisions I can. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

When I finally saw Timmy before my surgery, I started saying over and over again, Get me water, get me water. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Losing an arm is kinda lame at one point, but at the same time, so much good has come out of it. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I think it doesn’t matter if you are the best surfer in the world. I’m going to try to be the best surfer I can be. It’s not all about competing and being the best. It’s more about having fun and just doing what you love. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Top Bethany Hamilton Quotes

We all need that extra friend outside of our immediate family to talk about that extra stuff you wouldn’t normally talk to your parents about. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Forgiveness has been the greatest strengthener for my marriage and other relationships. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

To lose your everyday life of surfing and being creative on waves, enjoying the ocean – that’s scary to me. It was essential to at least try surfing again and get out there and see how it went. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

They wanted to see the same Bethany they had known before – and frankly, I looked pretty changed. So I quickly set them straight: I was the same person on the inside. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

My folks, checking their mailbox, were astounded to find thousands of letters awaiting them. How could they possibly. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I believe in Jesus Christ, and I believe He gave me the passion and determination to continue surfing. You fall off the horse, and you get back on. I had to go for it. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I think sharks are beautiful creatures, and I don’t think we should stop going in the ocean because of them. You drive down the road and you get in an accident, but most people end up driving down the road again. Surfing is you’re going into their home and it’s just a natural part of life. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Gratitude is a theme in my life. Appreciation is how I was able to quickly shift my mindset after losing my arm. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t like about my body or my limitations, I choose to be grateful for the remarkable body that I have. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Here’s my advice: don’t put all your hope and faith into something that could suddenly and easily disappear. And honestly, that’s almost anything. The only thing that will never go away, that will never fail you, is your faith in God. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Popular Bethany Hamilton Quotes

It’s easy to look at the things of this world to solve our challenges and obstacles in life, but when we submit our lives to Christ, His grace, mercy, peace and love will bring true fulfillment to our lives. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


God created the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the waves for our enjoyment. Surfing is just my way of worshiping Him. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Both of my parents are surfers, of course, so they understood where my passion for surfing was at and I guess they saw the talent that I had. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I wouldn’t change what happened to me because then I wouldn’t have this chance, in front of all of you, to embrace more people than I ever could have with two arms. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Like, with one arm I know I can surf, but competitive surfing can be really frustrating, and sometimes you don’t do as well as you want to. It can be discouraging at times. But whenever I do get frustrated, I just focus on God. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

So maybe someone listening will be inspired to pick up a Bible or go to church and their lives will be better and richer as a result. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

God will give us the strength to be able to handle things. I mean, you can try to do it on your own, and sometimes you can pull off some stuff, but in the long run, it’s much easier with Him by our side. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Inspiring Bethany Hamilton Quotes

I just try to be myself and not conform to something I’m not and just continue doing what I do. I just try not to think about the fact that I’m an inspiration for people. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

People can do whatever they want if they just set their heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I enjoy hanging out with friends, going on hikes and playing tennis. I also enjoy Bible study and making dinners. I have a pretty mellow life away from the water. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I’m okay with doing interviews if you guys think that God can use me, I told. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

For those who make Hawaii their home, aloha means much more than a hello and good-bye greeting. It goes way back to the old Hawaiian traditions, and it means a mutual regard and affection of one person for another without any expectation of something in return. Translation: it means you do something from the pureness of your heart. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I think passion is something that’s more powerful than even love. It’s something that you’re not willing to let go of, and you’ll work really hard to make sure that stays a part of your life. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

My belief is where I get my strength. When I’m struggling with something, I can go to God for help and I’m excited to share that. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Ultimate Bethany Hamilton Quotes

If we have food on our plate, we have much to be thankful for. If we have love to wake up to, let’s embrace that and love well back. We can seek to live this life to the fullest each day and in each moment. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Surfing is very special and unique. It’s really hard to explain unless you’ve tried it. It’s being out in the ocean in the sun, the water on your skin, and the adrenalin rush when you catch a wave. You have to be creative so it’s like an art form in a way. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I could never have embraced these many people with two arms. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I’m actually not star-struck. I like to give people their own space and admire them from a distance. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

The media can be challenging, but at the same time, without the media, I would not have been able to share my personal story. Often the media can bring beauty and encouragement to people’s lives. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ’plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Great Bethany Hamilton Quotes

I can’t change it, That was God’s plan for my life and I’m going to go with it. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Being creative on the waves is challenging, but we each create art in our own way. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

My dog Ginger passed away. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Our health and well-being is something that we can almost control, to a certain extent. We can choose to eat healthy, we can choose to think positively, and we can choose to have good posture. All this stuff makes a difference, and the way that you look and feel, and your confidence. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

You make your own adventure in life. And I truly believe that if you open your eyes to your surroundings, there’s lots of neat stuff to be found practically anywhere on earth. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

My only real fear was that I would not be able to surf again because I was concerned that I would not physically be able to do it. I knew that if I wasn’t able to surf then my life would really change. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

The author describes how impressed she was with the detailed storyboards that outlined her movie – not just sketches, but real art. She then describes a Hawaiian sunset as, God painting His storyboard on the sky. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

In the end, my love for surfing helped me overcome my fear of sharks. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Inspirational Bethany Hamilton Quotes

Whatever your situation might be, set your mind to whatever you want to do and put a good attitude in it, and I believe that you can succeed. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I’m just waiting for God to tell me what to do, but whatever it is, I want to be doing something like I am doing now-serving God and helping people. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I don’t need easy, I just need possible. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

How we function when no one is looking will shape who we are. The choices we make behind closed doors and the daily action we put towards our future shape our life, trust, and faith! ~ Bethany Hamilton.

There’s always something to do. Especially if you love the sand and surf like I do. When there are no waves or when I am done surfing I like to pick shells. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

My strength came from my relationship with Christ and from the love and encouragement of my family and friends. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I could never have embraced this many people with two arms. ~ Bethany Hamilton.


Love God; love others; do your best in all you do, even if you fall short! ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Motivational Bethany Hamilton Quotes

Having the opportunity to learn from others is a privilege that I’m truly thankful for. I love soaking up everything my coaches/mentors tell me. If I have one piece of advice for you today, it’s – be coachable. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I’m a surfer at heart. Both my parents moved to Hawaii in the 1970s, where they met and became Christians. Then they taught me and my two brothers how to love the Lord – and how to surf! ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Fear is something that can really hold us all back from different things in life. It’s important to notice what your fears are and try to conquer them. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I think that if I can help other people find hope in God, then that is worth losing my arm for. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

Doing everything with one arm, being well-known, and having a book and a movie, it’s fairly abnormal. As far as just not having to worry about past experiences, I’ve healed very well. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

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. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

I gave my heart to Jesus when I was five-years-old and since then it’s been a special relationship. To me it’s not a religion; it’s just talking to God, reading his word, and doing my best to honor him in everything I do. ~ Bethany Hamilton.

So these were the 75 top Bethany Hamilton quotes and sayings.

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