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TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:35:02 AM »




 

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Name: Bethany Hamilton
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Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to your teammate: Wife
Current occupation: Pro Surfer and Motivational Speaker
Describe what you do: I travel the world surfing unique locations and compete against the best women in the world. I love surfing. I also speak to different groups in the U.S. and internationally, motivating them to live a life of overcoming!
3 words to describe you: Determined, positive and adventurous.
Favorite hobbies: Surfing, tennis, working out, creating healthy meals and hanging with my hubby and dogs.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Surfing with one arm!
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Anna Sophia Robb. She played me in the movie Soul Surfer chronicling my story.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Matthew McConaughey
What scares you most about traveling? Being away from the ocean and long sits on planes.
What excites you most about traveling? I love seeing the unique beauties of other countries, experiencing different cultures and doing it with Adam.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: I’m a girl and I’m more emotional. Plus, I have one arm.
Pet peeve about your teammate: When he doesn’t share.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I’ve always wanted to go to Madagascar because it seems remote and adventurous. Peru, to surf and Machu Picchu. Also, Israel because it’s a bible land.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope Adam and I have a fun time adventuring in different countries and doing challenges. I hope we can have great teamwork and communication. I just want to have a blast!


Name: Adam Dirks
Age: 26
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to your teammate: Husband
Current occupation: Professional husband. Full-time support.
Describe what you do: Switching my life from full-time youth ministry and substitute teacher to married life has been an amazing experience. I love being with my wife as she travels so often and being her rock, support and encourager for life.
3 words to describe you: Hard-working, easy-going and patient.
Favorite hobbies: Surfing, adventure (hiking, exploring, etc.) and spear fishing.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Having awesome friends.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Tom Cruise.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Amelia Earhart.
What scares you most about traveling? Not being able to communicate well with people in foreign countries and getting lost!
What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing new cultures and sharing those adventures with my best friend/wifey.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together:
We sometimes have a hard time communicating when we are frustrated with one another. I want us to be more open and talk about these frustrations before they build up into something bigger.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Sometimes she eats with her mouth open.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? New Zealand or Iceland. They are both beautiful and have tons of outdoor adventures like surfing, hiking and extreme sports.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope the experience will test our relationship, draw us closer and strengthen our marriage.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014, 10:43:21 AM »
VIDEO!
 
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 10:43:34 AM »
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014, 10:10:38 PM »
Adam & Bethany... :<3

I've read about Bethany's story countless times in sports magazine articles at the doctor's office. She obviously is a wonderful woman with a giant heart and I'll say the same thing for Adam. I've said this in my head a couple times and I'll type it down: I give mad (great) respect to Bethany for dealing with the trauma of a near-death experience, loving her life even as an arm amputee, and continuing the pursue her life as a surfer after surgery. She is a courageous and brave woman who should never ever ever be underestimated.

Adam is a very lucky man indeed. I hope they had a wonderful time on the race.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2014, 04:33:51 AM »
Bethany <3

Having watched Soul Surfer, her story is really inspiring and I am definitely rooting for them.

What I AM worried about is CBS editing them like Dave/Connor. :res:
"But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2014, 06:31:26 AM »
Bethany <3

Having watched Soul Surfer, her story is really inspiring and I am definitely rooting for them.

What I AM worried about is CBS editing them like Dave/Connor. :res:
Oh crap, now that you mentioned it, I am also worried. However, they don't seem to have the same obnoxious personalities Dave (& Connor) had.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2014, 01:20:26 AM »
Definitely don't have any cockiness to them, mellow surfers with a cool backstory!

Not to mention there's some really kickass ladies in this TAR season!! They're going to be great role model teams.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2014, 01:59:51 AM »
I like their attitude but I'm just hoping that CBS has learned from their mistake with Dave & Connor and don't shove them down our faces.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2014, 12:33:57 PM »
Bethany <3

Having watched Soul Surfer, her story is really inspiring and I am definitely rooting for them.

What I AM worried about is CBS editing them like Dave/Connor. :res:
Oh crap, now that you mentioned it, I am also worried. However, they don't seem to have the same obnoxious personalities Dave (& Connor) had.
OMG, please don't, CBS, please don't do it to us. :'(

People are naturally going to root for them (and so will I), but I just hope they have a great time out there!


P.S. obviously the Roadblocks are going to be a concern. I hope they don't have to write "Adam must perform this roadblock" all the time, that would be kinda unfair from other teams' point of view :iok

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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2014, 06:52:55 AM »
The TAR25 first promo is already focusing primarily on them :res:
"But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2014, 07:07:01 PM »
Let's hope this doesn't continue with the real race. ugh

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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2014, 04:51:14 PM »
Let's hope this doesn't continue with the real race. ugh
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2014, 10:34:07 PM »
They are a seriously competitive team if leg 2 is any guide. They ran a perfect leg.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2014, 11:05:25 PM »
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2014, 10:48:09 PM »
This is Bethany's Kickstarter fundraising film for her new Film "Surfs Like A Girl"
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GPrCRJ3Mu2M" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/GPrCRJ3Mu2M</a>
 
 
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2014, 11:24:05 PM »
The way Adam looks at Bethany all the time, there's no way this guy is not in love with her. His eyes sparkles everytime he talks about her or looks at her. <3
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2014, 02:48:48 PM »
I haven't heard anyone talk about it, but I just feel a huge disconnect with this team. Almost like they aren't present or aren't real, almost like they are constantly blissed out. I don't know if it's the surfer culture or what, but I had this exact same feeling with Andie and Jenna on S17 (mother/daughter who had never met). Almost like their pupils are really small all the time and when you look at their eyes it is super robotic, like there is nothing there. Not in a "they're dumb" kind of way, because they aren't, just really distant and creepy. Has anyone else noticed this?

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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2014, 03:04:47 PM »
I haven't heard anyone talk about it, but I just feel a huge disconnect with this team. Almost like they aren't present or aren't real, almost like they are constantly blissed out. I don't know if it's the surfer culture or what, but I had this exact same feeling with Andie and Jenna on S17 (mother/daughter who had never met). Almost like their pupils are really small all the time and when you look at their eyes it is super robotic, like there is nothing there. Not in a "they're dumb" kind of way, because they aren't, just really distant and creepy. Has anyone else noticed this?

I sort of agree, and for some reason I just don't care for them at all.  I respect Bethany and her story with everything she's been through, but I just don't have any enthusiasm towards them.  I'd actually rather they be eliminated than anything else.  Maybe it's just bad editing though?  :groan:
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2014, 09:49:04 PM »
I like them! Bethany is a very inspiring person and at least their story isn't shoved down out throats, it just flows along naturally.

What I would love to see though is a little more personality edited out of them. I've seen a lot of their TV show interviews prior to TAR and they're hilarious in those.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2014, 03:10:59 AM »
Almost like they aren't present or aren't real, almost like they are constantly blissed out.

I think that kind of sums them up actually.  Having met Bethany at a conference here in Hawaii, I'd say it's completely real and she's perpetually as positive and bubbly as the show portrays her as.  She's also a physically imposing presence.  I'm 6'4" and athletic, but she has got to be around 6' and is buff.  Haven't met Adam, but the looks those two give each other do make you want to sort of gag.  :funny:

Anyway, rooting for this team for the win, but I have to say I was initially disappointed to hear they were on the show.  I applied thinking they were due for a Hawaii team, but I can see why I didn't get a call!

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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2014, 06:19:38 PM »
So far, no real struggles for these two!  I am not only impressed, but one can really learn some good life lessons from Bethany AND Adam.  Bethany for obvious reasons, and Adam for loving her and truly being her partner.  She doesn't act like a victim, she just gets in there and gets the job done.  I wish I could say the same for my own life, two arms and all.

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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2014, 08:25:29 AM »
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2014, 12:14:07 PM »
My feeling about Adam and Bethany is this -- they remind me more of TAR 6's Kris and Jon than any other team since Kris and Jon.
They've run a very intelligent and thought out Race (i.e., having Bethany do any tasks she feels she can handle, and she does those in ways we probably couldn't have expected) and the relationship between these two have so much of that vibe Kris and Jon had in their season, it is amazing to watch.
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2014, 09:05:26 PM »
I second that! I've yet to see such a kind and gentle team since Kris and Jon who have made it far into the race to make an impact!

And Bethany's resilience plus Adam's eyes and admiration whenever he speaks about her... I think that is what love means.
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2014, 05:10:17 PM »
These 2 are way too calm! I feel like they're being high on something else than life all the time  :inocent:


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« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2014, 10:41:44 PM »
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was thinking randomly about Adam and Bethany and thought about how their relationship encapsulates the whole idea of love; the guy overlooking the physical trait of Bethany and his eyes, especially his eyes which sparkles with pride and love whenever he talks about his wife's awesomeness.. and Bethany will simply giggle and snuggle into his arms and reply "vice versa".

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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2014, 06:48:41 PM »
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #28 on: December 23, 2014, 05:14:50 PM »
FROM CBS.COM:
http://www.cbs.com/shows/amazing_race/elimination_interviews/1003623/



Elimination Interview Bethany and Adam

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 10:35am

Soul Surfers Bethany and Adam answered YOUR questions about running The Amazing Race. Read their answers below!

Kim S: Soul Surfers.....would you ever do an all star race around the world?
Maybe! If we did do the race again we know we would put up a good fight on another season!

Candace F: For Bethany. What was the hardest challenge for you in the race?
The last road block on the final leg!  After racing all around the world we were extra tired and burnt out.  It was sooo hard finding the names of the cities and remembering the numbers in order.  I never want to see shipping containers again!

Juliet A: For the surfers, out of all the contestants you were my favorites! You two ran a wonderful race, you were a joy to watch! Would you every consider doing Survivor?
Thank you Juliet! I'm not sure we would do Survivor, although Adam would be good at roughing it in the wild, making fires and spearing animals haha.

Thanh T: What was the most terrifying and the most fun challenge you did?
We had the most fun flipping pancakes yum!  We were most terrified of the sheep challenge in Scotland...those sheep were so rebellious!

Doan N: How long were you there for the final roadblock?
We're not quite sure but it felt like a couple years or hours (:

Matthew M: Would you do anything different if you were to do the same stages again, and what things would you do that would have changed your position in the race?
Hindsight is 20/20 but we feel we did really well throughout the race choosing detours and roadblocks...however on the final leg we kinda wish that we had switched roadblocks so Bethany did "stuntman" and Adam did the final roadblock.

Susan G: Did you do any special preparation for the race, i.e. getting used to carrying heavy backpacks around?
Yeah! We actually started going on runs with our backpacks to get used to them.  Ran a lot of stairs.  Our regular workouts are pretty intense so we kept that up.  Ultimately we watched a lot of seasons of the race to learn strategy and develop a game-plan for us.  Making the right decisions on the race is essential!
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2015, 10:37:58 AM »
Congratulations are in order for Adam and Bethany. It was just announced that they are expecting their first child!

She is currently 22 weeks pregnant and just found out they are having a boy! 

Link to article from People...

http://celebritybabies.people.com/2015/02/10/bethany-hamilton-pregnant-adam-dirks-expecting-first-child-son/
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2015, 01:21:47 PM »
Congrats to the two of them. You just know the baby boy will know how to swim before he's able to walk!
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2015, 02:01:17 AM »




Welcome to the World, Baby Tobias!
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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2015, 06:46:55 PM »
Congrats! :hrt:
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« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2015, 08:32:56 PM »
Congrats to the two of them. You just know the baby boy will know how to swim before he's able to walk!

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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2015, 12:17:55 AM »
Tobias Dirks was born on June 1st. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21 inches long! Bethany posted a picture of all three of them on twitter and FB. The baby is really cute and has blond hair.

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Re: TAR 25: Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton "Soul Surfers"
« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2016, 05:10:31 AM »
Bethany has gotten back into competitive surfing and is doing very well. Here's a link to an article her recent success.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bethany-hamilton-fiji-pro_us_574c4fc6e4b0dacf7ad53e11

and a Youtube link to Bethany's highlights from the first few rounds of the current Fiji event.

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Bethany Hamilton Pulls Off Huge Upset In Fiji Surf Competition

The shark-attack survivor and new mom proves yet again that you can do whatever you set your mind to.

05/30/2016 02:26 pm ET

Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton has shown yet again that she is a force to be reckoned with.

After earning a wildcard entry into a championship tour event in Fiji, the 26-year-old out-surfed and out-scored the tour’s current No. 1 contender, Tyler Wright, during round two of the World Surf League’s (WSL) Fiji Women’s Pro.

Hamilton’s powerful turns and flawless surfing earned her high scores from the judges, eliminating Wright from the competition altogether.

But Hamilton didn’t stop there. In round three, she defeated both Stephanie Gilmore, a six-time world champion, and Johanne Defay, currently ranked No. 7 on tour.

Now she’s secured a place in the Fiji Women’s Pro Quarterfinals, one of the world’s most prestigious surfing events.

Hamilton, who lost her arm during a shark attack when she was 13 years old, inspired the world when she decided to get back in the water and continue with her surf career.

“I know I am in a unique position to encourage young girls to make great decisions as they grow into women and to chase their dreams,” Hamilton told WSL commentators after winning her heat.

“Even after losing my arm, I am still doing everything I’ve hoped I could do with my future and even more,” she added. “I think I am a reminder for the young girls that they can do it if they set their mind to it.”

After giving birth to a baby boy last June, Hamilton not only embraced the new challenges of motherhood, she also made epic moves in her surfing career.

“When the contest starts is around the time I gave birth to my son, Tobias, last year,” Hamilton said after receiving the wildcard entry for the Fiji Pro. “It’s been an amazing year full of beauty and challenge becoming a mom but also continuing my surfing career. I’ve loved working hard and I am feeling strong and sharp.”

Seven months after giving birth, the soul surfer caught the biggest wave of her entire career while tow-surfing a 40-foot swell at Pe’ahi, the famed big wave surf break on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Her wildcard win over the tour’s best surfers at the Fiji Pro is further proof that there is nothing that can stand in Hamilton’s way. Watch her in the fierce competition below.

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Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks from 'The Amazing Race' reveal Baby No. 2 is on the way!

Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks are expecting their second child together.

The former The Amazing Race team revealed the big news on Sunday in an adorable Instagram video.

"Right there!" Bethany and Adam's two-year-old son Tobias says in the clip after dad asks where the baby is.

The toddler then runs over and places a sweet little kiss on his mother's pregnant belly.

"Another one on the way!" Adam tells the camera, before Bethany adds, "Baby in there!"

After the pair's son kisses Bethany's belly again, Adam can be heard saying, "You're going to be a good brother."

The 27-year-old professional surfer, who lost her left arm in a shark attack in 2003, gave birth to Tobias in June 2015.

"He is named after his great grandpa Tobias meaning 'The goodness of God.' Adam and I so in love with our lil guy and are stoked to share life with him! #stokedmomma," Bethany captioned a family photo at the time.

Bethany and Adam got married in August 2013 and finished The Amazing Race's 25th season in 2014 in third place.

"I've always been competitive with myself and I've always tried to be the best I can be, but getting married and having a son has completely changed things," the blonde beauty told People earlier this year.

"I've had such incredible support from my husband and my son."

Read more at http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/bethany-hamilton-and-adam-dirks-from-the-amazing-race-reveal-baby-no-2-is-on-way-22887.php