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The Real Story: Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Soul Surfer” is based on the inspiring true story of surfing competitive champion Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark attack when she was thirteen years old.  In her book, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, Hamilton discusses her attack, her passion for surfing, and the role her family’s strong Christian faith has played in keeping her strong.

Here she talks about going back to surfing after the attack.

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Bethany and AnnaSophia Robb, who plays her in the movie, talk about how they became friends.

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And here she talks about finding her life’s purpose.

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Bethany continues to compete and speak about her experience and she has started a non-profit called Friends of Bethany to help survivors of shark attacks and other amputees and share stories of inspiration and hope.  Fans can follow her on her Facebook page and her website.



  • Surfing is just great!

    Me I also like to surf and find it very helpful to keep my spirit of life. I Think this girl tells us an amazing story!

  • http://AMAZING!!!!!!! Anna

    if i were here i would’ve had never gone back in the water!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nell Minow

      Thanks, Anna!

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment David

    God works in wonderful waves thru-out our lives Praise His Holy Name Jesus

  • http://iamreally................. madison markham

    wow bethany it is really amazing how u got back on the water and when i watched the movie i cried because i am really emontinl and u scared me when u were in shock.
    is it hard to do things with 1 arm now i bet it is but i am really proud of u and do u love the ocean well all i have to say is i am glad u survived through the shark attack and how u are still able to surf

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