|Bethany (second from right) receives her new bike from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). From left are her parents, Tom and Cheri Hamilton; Willie Stewart, noted amputee athlete; and Bob Babbitt, CAF vice president. Photo by Phil Mislinski, courtesy of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.|
There was no indication of danger when Bethany
Hamilton, a 13-year-old star surfer from Princeville, Kauai,
Hawaii, went out on the waves early that day last October. Along
with her best friend Alana Blanchard, and Alana’s father and
brother, she was surfing off Tunnels Beach on the North Shore of
Kauai, with other surfers nearby.