Soul Surfer - Bethany Hamilton's Inspiring Life Story


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Soul Surfer, which hit the theatres on Friday, April 8th, 2011, is the poignant tale about the comeback of Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack.

Growing up in Hawaii, Bethany lived to surf. She and her best friend Alana Blanchard, were homeschooled so they could spend more time catching waves. After placing 1st and 3rd at a surf competition, Bethany and Alana are picked up by sponsors, leading to Bethany's decision to stay home from her church’s mission trip to Mexico - A decision that changes her life forever.

On October 31st, 2003, the then 13-year old Bethany went for a morning surf to Tunnels Beach in Kauai, along with Alana, her father and brother. She was lying sideways on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14ft. tiger shark attacked her and ripped her left arm off just below the shoulder. Thanks to rapid action by Alana's dad, the 13-year old is saved but now has to face life, without a limb

In the days and weeks following the accident, Bethany learns to overcome all sorts of obstacles, from tying her bathing suit to carrying the groceries. While difficult that does not seem to faze the teen - her biggest fear, is the thought of never surfing again.

The rest of the movie focuses on the determination and resilience of this young teen, as she tries to get back on the board, not just to surf, but to compete against able-bodied contestants. Her setbacks and ultimate victory is a truly inspiring thing to watch - leaving every viewer with the feeling that you can achieve just about anything if you believe in yourself and never give up.

The character of Bethany was played superbly well by Coloradonative AnnaSophia Robb, who as it turns out, had very limited surfing skills. Therefore, it was up to the real Bethany to teach her how to paddle like a pro, while taking it upon herself to perform some of the most difficult wave-riding stunts - Which, as you will agree once you see Soul Surfer, were the highlights of the movie.

If you are getting ready to see it, be sure to carry some tissues, but most of all be ready to come out inspired and ready to take on any challenge that the world will throw at you!

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  • dakota623343
    dakota623343Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:40 am
    I watched the movie on Netflix and I want to learn to surf but I don't live by a ocean kind of a problem but Bethany is amazing and brave and if I get the chance when I'm older I wanna move to somewhere by the ocean to learn to surf.
    • foralljustice
      foralljusticeFriday, November 13, 2020 at 8:11 am
      Love you Bethany Hamilton best sister ever
      • kiarathequeen
        kiarathequeenSunday, August 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm
        I was 1 when this happened 😑,
        • wolf_blood
          wolf_bloodSaturday, July 18, 2020 at 12:39 am
          Cool I wanna ask her how it felt I might tryyyyyy I wonder if I still have my old surff bord hmmm find it ttyl I'll be back to tell you how it went
          • renegade5
            renegade5Friday, July 17, 2020 at 2:54 pm
            I saw the move on Netflix🏄🏄
            • wolfieland
              wolfielandTuesday, July 14, 2020 at 4:29 pm
              wow i cant surf like dat
              • horse123456
                horse123456Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9:14 am
                Wow! I read the book and my parents once saw her in person talking at a church!
                • heyheygirl
                  heyheygirlSunday, December 6, 2020 at 9:02 am
                  Wish I could surf.
                  • leiker1414
                    leiker1414Friday, July 17, 2020 at 1:09 pm
                    Neither. Dat takes practice.
                  • howls
                    howlsTuesday, July 14, 2020 at 2:35 pm
                    my role model 🌊🏄
                    • leiker1414
                      leiker1414Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 1:39 pm
                      I have seen her in real life. She was surfing in California.
                      • leiker1414
                        leiker1414Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 1:38 pm
                        • posySaturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:35 pm
                          i have seen the movie it was gross