Bethany Hamilton, 33, was attacked by a 14-foot shark while surfing in 2003 – and despite her life-changing injuries, she went on to become a professional athlete.
The outraged mom-of-four wrote on X yesterday: ‘Male-bodied athletes should not be competing in female sports. Period.’
Her comment was met with support online. One person wrote: ‘Sad that this even has to be said. Thank you for speaking up for female athletes.’
Others said that she shouldn’t even be using the term ‘male-bodied.’ One person wrote: ‘Love the message, but… Please don’t use their language. Using terms like “male-bodied” gives credence to their twisted verbiage. Just say “Men”.’
Hamilton’s comments came just as Australians called for a national boycott of iconic surf brand Rip Curl for using a transgender woman in their social media accounts.
The brand has since tried to scrub any trace of the promotion.