They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf?
Born into a family of surfers, Hamilton won her first surf competition at age eight. Just five years later, she was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing in Kauai. Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a teenage girl with God on her side, resolutely pushing aside her pain and panic while being rescued and brought back to shore. “When can I surf again?” was the first thing Bethany asked after her emergency surgery, leaving no doubt that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of personal empowerment and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing, perhaps even less so, than the soul.
Now a major motion picture, Soul Surfer is the moving story of Bethany Hamilton’s triumphant return to competitive surfing and has continued to be a beacon of inspiration to all who hear it. Download and start listening now!