Bethany Hamilton “Soul Surfer” is simply unstoppable. Since losing her left arm at the age of 13 to a tiger shark, nothing has stopped her from living her life to the fullest. When Bethany returned to surfing just one month after losing her arm — and two years later won a national surf title — she became an inspiration for millions. via https://iwantherjob.com/iwhj-the-podcast/bethany-hamilton/
The movie SoulSurfer released in 2011, starring AnnaSophia Robb, shares that story. Bethany’s latest documentary, Unstoppable, offers a deeper, wider and more personal view into her life — including her early childhood, competitive surfing career, marriage and motherhood. It also follows her into magnificent waves while she surfs Jaws and other breathtaking locations.
In episode #109 of I Want Her Job The Podcast, Bethany shares how her values, family, faith and love for the ocean have guided her life path. If you need the courage to go after your deepest desires, you’ll be blown away by Bethany’s mindset. Hearing about her life, and everything she has achieved, can seem impossible and too distant to be relatable. But that is precisely why you have to listen to this conversation and put “Unstoppable” on your must-watch list.
Bethany’s kind, compassionate and unassuming nature makes her relatable as an athlete, mother and friend. Hearing her describe how her faith and passion are her source of energy to pursue her goals, is likely to give you a boost toward turning what is possible into a reality.
In our conversation we also discuss Bethany’s other pursuits including her organization, Friends of Bethany; her new year long Unstoppable course; and her books, Soul Surfer, Be Unstoppable, Body & Soul and Unstoppable Me.
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Amazing Miracle: Bethany Hamilton, the ‘Soul Surfer’ Who Survived a Shark Attack
On October 31, 2003, Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with her best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana’s father and brother, Holt and Byron, when a 14-foot-long (4.3 m) tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
The Blanchards helped paddle her back to shore, then Alana’s father fashioned a tourniquet out of a rash guard and wrapped it around the stump of her arm.
She was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. By the time she arrived there she had lost over 60% of her blood and was in hypovolemic shock. A doctor living in a hotel nearby raced to the rescue. Her father, who was scheduled to have knee surgery that same morning, was already there, but she took his place in the operating room.
During subsequent media interviews, she confirmed that she felt normal when she was bitten and did not feel much pain from the bite at the moment of the disaster, but felt numb on the way to the hospital. via Wikipedia
Learn About Bethany
Hamilton was born on February 8, 1990 to Tom and Cheri Hamilton, on the day of a double rainbow.
She has two older brothers Noah (born in 1981) and Timothy (born in 1986). She began surfing at the age of 8 and gained her first sponsorship by age 9. Hamilton was home-schooled from 6th grade through high school.
She is a Christian. In early 2012 Hamilton met youth minister Adam Dirks through mutual friends. They became engaged in 2013.
The couple was married on August 18, 2013 at an estate on Kauai’s north shore, near where she grew up.
The couple have a son named Tobias, born in 2015. In 2018 they had a second son, Wesley.
She also has two Shar Pei dogs named Hanalei “Hana” and Kombucha “Booch”.
Bethany Hamilton – Soul Surfer the movie
Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biographical drama film directed by Sean McNamara, based on the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton about her life as a surfer after a horrific shark attack and her recovery. The film stars AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and Lorraine Nicholson with Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo, Sonya Balmores, Branscombe Richmond, and Craig T. Nelson.
Filming took place in Hawaii in early 2010, with additional filming taking place in Tahiti in August 2010. Soul Surfer was released in theaters on April 8, 2011 in the United States and Canada by a partnership between FilmDistrict and TriStar Pictures, and was a commercial success, earning $47.1 million on a $18 million budget, but received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.
Her manager, Roy “Dutch” Hofstetter, who went on to produce the film Soul Surfer, managed her rise through the media from shark attack victim to inspirational role model. The television shows she has appeared on include The Biggest Loser, 20/20, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, The Tonight Show and Dude Perfect, as well as in the magazines People, Time, and American Girl. Additionally she was the cover story in the first issue of niNe magazine.
She has participated in multiple public speaking events and is “motivating audiences worldwide to live their life with more tenacity, courage, and faith”.
In 2004 she won the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete is and also received the Courage Teen Choice Award.
In 2004 MTV Books published Hamilton’s book, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, which describes her ordeal. Her story is also told in the 2007 short subject documentary film Heart of a Soul Surfer.
“Waterwoman of the Year!”
Surfing has been a way of life for Bethany every season since she was able to get on a board. She sees her passion for surfing as a gift from God and as what compelled her to go back to the sport against all odds. Coming back after the shark attack, Bethany found success in surfing competition; now she makes her mark as a professional surfer in the free surfing arena (chasing waves, getting photos/videos published, winning awards as a pro, and “Living The Search”). She currently competes in choice World Surf League (WSL) tour events, upon invite, and in other special events, often in California, USA.
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Bethany Hamilton “Soul Surfer” welcomes her first child
At 17 years old, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and she is still an active surf competitor to this day. Bethany has been able to touch a large number of people with her faith message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer, author and motivational speaker.
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