Surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost arm to shark, finds love

Bethany Hamilton has married her fiance Adam Dirks in a intimate ceremony in Hawaii
Bethany Hamilton has married her fiance Adam Dirks in a intimate ceremony in Hawaii

BETHANY Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in a tiger shark attack 10 years ago has found the love of her life and married in an intimate island ceremony.

The 23-year-old was married to Christian youth minister Adam Dirks on the island of Kauai.

She confirmed the news viaTwitter saying, 'Today was the most beautiful, wonderful day of my life! God is more than good. Excited to live life with my husband Adam Dirks.'

The couple met on the beach last year and their engagement was announced in April.

On her website, Bethany wrote: "On April 9, 2012, Adam proposed to me and I said, "yes!"

"I know Adam and I are right for each other and that God has us together for Him. Neither of us is perfect, but in my eyes Adam is just right and I'm thankful to have someone so perfectly perfect to share life with as one.

Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack at the age of 13.

She wrote a best-selling book about her ordeal which was turned into a film.

'Soul surfer' Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks. Photo:
'Soul surfer' Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks. Photo:

"Spring of 2012 I met the most amazing person of my life,'' she wrote about her new love.

"I immediately was so intrigued by him.

"Adam and I first met at the beach, kind of set up by friends.

"Not how I would have planned to meet - on somewhat of a "blind date" (haha) - but nooo complaints.

"The first thing we did was jump off a cliff together! And you could say it was love at first cliff jump.

"We started hanging out often. Just as friends - hiking, beach, tennis, hanging with friends - getting to know each other!

"The more time we spent together the more I liked Adam. He is genuine, kind, fun, adventurous, easy going, friendly to all, passionate for Christ and just a great guy over all! …and he liked me too!"

Eleven months after their first date, Mr Dirks proposed, getting down on one knee while they were at her favorite beach.

Mr Dirks works for the Christian non-profit Young Life in Hawaii.

He posted to Hamilton's blog about the engagement and called their relationship 'an amazing and blessed adventure.'  

Hamilton went on to become a pro-surfer and is on tour with the Association of Surfing Professionals.

In 2010 she was the twentieth ranked woman among surfers.

She is also a motivational speaker, and she tours the country telling her inspiring story.

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