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If you're looking for a role model for your teenage kids, you could do much worse than Bethany Hamilton.

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton returned to competition just 10 weeks after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

The 13-year-old Hamilton placed fifth in her age group in the Open Women Division of a National Scholastic Surfing Association meet at Banyans on Saturday.

"It was definitely a good start," Hamilton said.

It was Hamilton's first meet since the weekend before she was attacked Oct. 31, although she returned to the water Thanksgiving Day.

She's been back in the water since the beginning of December, which in and of itself is pretty amazing. You can learn more about Bethany here.

Comments (3)

She really is an inspiratio... (Below threshold)

She really is an inspiration.

And, she lives on the other side of the island from me.

The kid's a trooper- a refr... (Below threshold)

The kid's a trooper- a refreshing change from the many whiny, spoiled teens out there. Kudos to her for not giving up on something she loves.

I think Bethany clearly an ... (Below threshold)

I think Bethany clearly an imbecile with the vocabulary of a 2 year old. I would suggestshe stay in shcool but I dont think she has the intelligence to read.






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