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Surfer Bethany Hamilton Speaks Out Against World Surf League's Decision to Allow 'Male-Bodie

• By Margaret Flavi

Surfer Bethany Hamilton rose to fame after her remarkable recovery from a shark attack when she was thirteen years old.   Her story was dramatized in the movie "Soul Surfer." She is the author of several inspiring books and a mother to three young sons.

Hamilton took to Instagram to address an announcement from the World Surf League allowing  'male-bodied' individuals, transgender women, to compete against women in professional surfing.

In the video, Hamilton says,

Today I want to address the news that the World Surf League has officially made the rule that male-bodied individuals known as transgender athletes can officially compete in the women's division.

The World Surf League says they are following the Olympic guidelines.

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