Jul 16, 2019

“The ocean is my passion and my love,
somewhere where I can just be me”- Bethany Hamilton

In 2003, at just 13 years old, aspiring professional surfer Bethany Hamilton’s life was changed forever. On a calm October morning, Bethany paddled out like she had hundreds of times to her local break in Kauai for a morning surf with her best friend Alana Blanchard. As the crew traded waves, a 15-foot tiger shark locked its sights on Bethany and attacked her from below. The bite tore through her board and completely severed her left arm just below her shoulder.

This surf would cause most to hang up their boards for life, but for Bethany, it lit a fire within. She was back to surfing in just four weeks, and a year later, she was back in competitions.

Today, Bethany is one of the most well-known female surfers to come out of Kauai. Not only because of her story, which is unbelievably inspirational, but because she is still one of the best surfers out there. And while her story has been told several times before, the debut of her film “Unstoppable” is the first time she is telling it 100% from her perspective. From the initial accident to navigating motherhood to tackling big wave surfing, Bethany’s POV is one of our favorites to date.  

 “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable” hit theaters on July 12 and continues through this weekend. Get a glimpse into the story here, and join the conversation online by tagging #BUnstoppable. Find a theater near you here.