American surfer who became famous for continuing to compete professionally after losing her left arm to a 14 foot tiger shark when she was 13. She appeared as herself in the 2014 film Dolphin Tale 2.
She began participating in surf competitions at a young age and won her first event at the age of eight.
She wrote an autobiography called Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board that was adapted into the 2011 film Soul Surfer. In 2022 she released a book called Surfing Past Fear.
She has two brothers named Timothy and Noah Hamilton. She married Adam Dirks on August 18, 2013. She and Adam welcomed their first child, a son named Tobias, in June 2015. They welcomed their second son, Wesley Phillip, in March 2018. On February 14, 2021, they had a third son, Micah. In March 2023, the couple announced that they were expecting their fourth child together. They welcomed a daughter named Alaya in July 2023.