Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    On watching actress Anna Sophia Robb play her in the upcoming film, Hamilton said, "It's not really hard for me to watch, but I see it and it's like exactly how it happened. It was just really quick. I didn't see anything." Here, Hamilton surfs big waves in Bali in 2009.
    Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    Born into a family of surfers, Hamilton had been catching waves and trophies since she was 8 years old before her harrowing attack. Suzanne "Bobo" Bollins, a long-time family friend, says knew Hamilton had what it takes to be a champion. <p> "She lives and breathes the ocean. She gets the big waves. She doesn't mess around," Collins said. "...I have said to myself, 'There's the next world champion.'"
    Noah Hamilton
  • SURFER GIRL GETS BACK ON BOARD

    "When I first saw her in the hospital that morning she looked really pale but she had a brightness in her eyes that I could just say, 'You know, she's going to be alright,'" Hamilton's mother, Sherry Hamilton told ESPN.
    Hamilton Family
  • Shark Girl

    After the shark severed her left arm, then 13-year-old Hamilton was rushed to hospital, and nearly died from blood loss.
    Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    The shark took a 16-inch bite out of Hamilton's surf board. It happened so quickly that none of the surfers around her ever saw the creature or her struggle with it.
    Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    Local fisherman Ralph Young laid a trap about 50 feet off the reef where Hamilton was surfing during the attack and caught a 14-foot-long tiger shark that weighed close to 1,400 pounds and was believed to be the shark that mauled Hamilton in 2003.
    Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    Hamilton walks on the beach with her friend Alana, who she was surfing with at their favorite surf spot, called "The Tunnels," on the day of the attack.
    Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    Hamilton has exceeded expectations, overcoming tremendous obstacles and learning to surf competitively with a severed arm. She is now ranked among the top 10 professional women surfers in the world.
    Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    Out of the water, Hamilton now runs a thriving business and has launched a line of jewelry, accessories and environmentally friendly footwear. Here she models one of her products.
    Noah Hamilton
  • Shark Girl

    Despite her injury, Hamilton has proved she can still compete with the best of them. Her positive attitude won her a 2004 ESPY Award from ESPN for Best Comeback Athlete of the Year and a special Teen Courage Award.
    Ocean Minded
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