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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer

Bethany Hamilton at the premiere of Soul Surfer

The movie Soul Surfer is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton. At the age of 13, Bethany lost an arm after being attacked by a shark near Kailua. Yet months after the attack, she was back in the water. Bethany was determined to accomplish her goals.

AnnaSophia Robb played Bethany in the film, and did a great job, but I was more impressed with Bethany Hamilton herself, who played Robb’s stunt double. Hamilton landed wave after wave! It felt like the audience was cheering her on to succeed, just like Hamilton was cheered on years ago by fellow surfers.  It’s amazing to me that Bethany could relive such a painful experience over and over again during the filming of Soul Surfer.

Bethany, now 21, says: “For me, the idea of not being able to surf was definitely scarier than the idea of getting back in the water after I lost my arm. To not surf again would be impossible. So for me it was essential to at least try surfing again and to see how it went. And it went good. I’m still doing what I love and scoring surf all over the world, just with one arm.”

Bethany’s experiences, depicted in Soul Surfer, show that anyone can triumph over adversity if they try harder every day and do not give up on their dreams. 

Soul Surfer is now in theaters. Check it out!

-Samantha Bradbeer
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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