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One-Armed Shark Attack Survivor Surfing At Six Months Pregnant

16/03/2015 17:54 | Updated 20 May 2015

One-armed shark attack survivor carries on surfing at six months pregnant

A one-armed shark attack survivor has been out surfing huge waves – despite being six months pregnant.

Bethany Hamilton is known for her incredible bravery after she bounced back from an horrific attack when she was just 13 years old to become an American surfing champion.

So it's not really surprising after all she's been through that pregnancy would not force her to keep her board beached!

The 25-year-old and her husband Adam Dirks recently revealed they're expecting a baby boy, sharing a photo of her baby bump on Twitter with the message: "6 months and 3 to go. Loving the feeling of our lil guy moving inside of me. Being a mom is a new exciting adventure."

Bethany said she plans to keep on surfing until the baby is born and said: "I've been surfing throughout my whole pregnancy.

"I plan to surf as long as a I can. Once the belly is big I may, like, mellow it out and spend more time swimming and just enjoying the ocean."

Bethany added: "I got back on the board because of my passion for the sport, for the ocean, and from the hope that my lifestyle would not have to dramatically change.

"We had never heard of anyone surfing with one arm, so we didn't know if it was possible."

She revealed her pregnancy in a YouTube video.

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The athlete tells the world she's expecting in a truly unique way as she shows off her surfing skills.

Sat on a bench, she said: "So we have a little surprise for you... baby on board!"

The video then cut away to footage of the pair in action as they ride the waves in Hawaii.

She later shared a jokey photo of her baby scan - with a baby on a suurboard superimposed over her unborn child.

And at three and a half months, she Tweeted a photo of herself surfing a 'pipe'.

After losing her limb to the 15ft tiger shark while surfing, Bethany went on to become a national champion and wrote a book about the experience called Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.

Later the book was made into a film with Carrie Underwood in 2011.

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