Sad news in the surfing community...
Bethany Hamilton, 13, surfing champion and rising star loses arm in shark attack: (taken from AOL news)
"HANALEI, Hawaii, Nov. 3 — She was a member of the "dawn patrol." Every morning before sunrise, Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old and one of the country's top female amateur surfers, would follow the pull of the turquoise water and head to a favorite reef, to defy gravity on a wave.... But on Friday, while the two girls were surfing with friends at Tunnels Reef, a legendary surfing spot, Ms. Hamilton was bitten by a shark. She lost her left arm in the attack, believed to have been from a 14- to 15-foot tiger shark, the most dangerous species in Hawaii. Ms. Blanchard's father, Holt, 49, who was surfing with them, swam Ms. Hamilton to shore and fashioned a tourniquet out of his rubber surfboard leash. Ms. Hamilton is in stable condition at a local hospital. It was the fourth shark attack in Hawaii this year."
My heart goes out to her and her family.