Friday, 18 January 2013

Bethany Hamilton: Soul Surfer

There is a film called Soul Surfer, which tells the true story of Bethany Hamilton. Bethany is a Christian, a surfer and an incredible inspiration and testimony!

Bethany’s story is an incredible one! She has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope. Born into a family of surfers, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition.
At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.
Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In January of 2004, Bethany made her return to surf competition; placing 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest. With no intention of stopping, Bethany continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she took 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title.
In 2007, Bethany realised her dream and turned pro!- something seemingly impossible for someone with only one arm!
In 2004, Bethany shared her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer. Seven years later, the book was made into a major motion picture bearing the same title which released theatrically in April, and for home entertainment in August, 2011.
Bethany’s story is continually growing as she strives to be the best at whatever God calls her to do. The future is truly wide open for this young soul surfer!

Watch the trailer of Soul Surfer, buy the DVD, the Soul Surfer book, or other inspirational books by Bethany and her family! You can also watch Bethany’s testimony on I am Second (a must see!), which hosts an incredible archive of testimonies of people (celebrities) who are living second and excelling against the odds! Next time you feel discouraged, useless, or uninspired, go to I am Second and watch some of the incredible seconds!


Ronell x

“I don’t want easy. I just want possible.” {Bethany Hamilton}

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