Christian Sister Surfer Bethany Hamilton who Survived Shark Attack Talks Returning to the Waves After Giving Birth and How the Ocean is her ‘Healing Place’

She was just 13 when a 15ft tiger shark ripped off her left arm on Halloween.

But despite the trauma of the life-changing injury, Bethany Hamilton loves surfing as much as ever – with the 28-year-old calling it her ‘healing place’.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV, Bethany explained: ‘Traumatic things happen to all of us at one point or another.’

Bethany Hamilton EXCLUSIVE: Surfing star opens up on DailyMailTV about returning to the waves after giving birth… and how the ocean is her ‘healing place’
Insight: Bethany talked to DailyMailTV’s Brandi Williams
Happy family: Bethany and her husband, youth minister Adam Dirks, have been married for five years and have two young children

Now a mother of two, she reflected: ‘I was surfing less than a month [after the attack]. I was just such a resilient 13 year old that wasn’t going to let something like this hold me back.’

Bethany also returned to the waves just a few weeks after welcoming her children, three-year-old Tobias and baby Wesley.

She explained: ‘I feel like I have a tendency to bounce back pretty fast, you know.

Surfing star: Bethany returned to the waves just a few weeks after welcoming her children, three-year-old Tobias and baby Wesley
Working on her form: Bethany practices at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, in Lemoore, California
Mermaid in training: Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch is a private artificial wave pool where you can catch the world’s longest man-made open-barrel wave

‘I’m such a mermaid. The ocean has been such a healing place for me.’

Bethany and her husband, youth minister Adam Dirks, have been married for five years.

She said they were enjoying life as parents.

‘I still feel like I have so much to learn as a mom but it’s amazing to be able to share life with my two little guys and thankfully my husband and I make an amazing team.’

The next generation: Bethany with her young son Wesley, who is already learning to love the ocean, along with big brother Tobias, three
Passing on the surfing gene: She is raising her children to love the ocean as much as she does

While she still adores the ocean, Bethany now perfects her surfing at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, in Lemoore, California.

The private artificial wave pool features the world’s longest man-made open-barrel wave.

Surfing and snuggling: Bethany says she loves being a mom, but still has plenty to learn

SOURCE: DailyMail