The inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton. 

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SOUL SURFER is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination, and her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. Bethany (played by AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic, sun-drenched, surfer girl's life on the Kauai Coast, competing in national competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed in a heartbeat. On Halloween morning, Bethany was on a typical ocean outing when a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany's feisty determination and steadfast faith spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. SOUL SURFER reveals the moving aftermath of this headline-making story, as Bethany fights to recover and grapples with the future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), she refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water. Still, the questions keep hammering her: Why did this happen? Why did she have to lose everything? Will she ever feel the joy and power of riding the waves again? And if she can't be a surfer, then who is she? The devastating 2004 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean unexpectedly gives Bethany a new perspective. Traveling to Phuket, Thailand with her youth-group leader Sara Hill (Carrie Underwood), she witnesses life beyond her own shoreline and discovers her greater purpose-she can make a difference in the lives of others. Filled with a new sense of hope and direction, she returns home with a renewed resolve to conquer her own limitations and set an encouraging example for people facing adversity. At the National Championships, Bethany bravely faces off with her fiercest rival, Malia Birch (Sonya Balmores), and takes her astonishing one-armed surfing technique to the limit. But as the horn blows, and the suspenseful competition kicks off, Bethany is no longer thinking about the challenges of her body. Now, her surfing, her biggest dreams and her life have become about pushing her own physical limits to touch the souls of others. Directed by Sean McNamara, the screenplay was by McNamara, Deborah Schwartz. Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk. SOUL SURFER is based on the book by Bethany Hamilton, Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh. The screen story by Sean McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk, Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson and Brad Gann.


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Surfing should be an Olympic Sport

Mahalo for making this great film.  Surfing is a sacred and cultural practice that should be respected on the world sports stage. It can be held always in Hawaii during the Winter Olympics which…Continue

Tags: extreme, sports, surfing, Olympics

Started by Kimo Feb 26, 2011.

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Comment by Louie Boria on June 30, 2011 at 9:06pm
posted by Tim Ryan in Hawaii. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has added a special screening of Soul Surfer to the post-parade Sunset on the Beach celebration at Queen’s Surf Beach on Sunday, July 3…Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of Hawaii’s teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who will join the parade along with actress Robb, who portrays Hamilton in the film, and Sonya Balmores...

Also attending the screening will be Soul Surfer director Sean McNamara…

The parade will begin at Fort DeRussy at 6 p.m. and proceed down Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. Kalakaua Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic at 5:30 p.m…

Soul Surfer also stars Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Grammy Award® winner Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo, and Lorraine Nicholson…

Soul Surfer’s budget was $18 million. To date ticket sales $43,000,000…
Comment by Louie Boria on May 22, 2011 at 6:46pm
Posted by Tim Ryan in Hawaii
Meanwhile, Soul Surfer, the Bethany Hamilton biopic now in its ninth week of release, has ticket sales of $39.2 million in the domestic count. The film cost about $18 million to produce…

Comment by Wayne Ward on April 24, 2011 at 4:26pm

BRAVO!  BRAVO!  BRAVO! "Soul Surfer"...the movie!

Hearty Congratulations to Sonya Balmore!...Who gave a REMARKABLE Performance in "Soul Surfer"!  WOW!  Fabulous job, Sonya...!  Fran & I attended the HIFF Premier of this wonderful, inspiring touching!  And being a true story we were delighted that it was handled in such a sensitive and moving manner! "Hats off" also to former students Arlene Newman and Cody Gomes who gave excellent supportive performances! Was also able to touch bases with our and our son Eric's freind, David Brookwell, a Co-Producer of the film...!  GO SEE IT!!!   Wayne

Comment by Ellianna R on April 19, 2011 at 11:02am
I really liked the movie!!
Comment by Mike Johnson on April 12, 2011 at 4:26pm
Interesting bit of casting info, Beth is about (guesing 6 ft tall,) and singer model Anna Sophia Robb (who is cast for Beths part) is (guesing) really a lot shorter in hight. Had the  2-together at an awards gig, and it is interesting how they really don't match. It's like the hight of Alex O'loughlin and Grace Park side by side. I havent seen the movie yet, but it should do GOOD.
Comment by Louie Boria on April 10, 2011 at 5:48pm
posted by Tim Ryan in Hawaii. In a major surprise in box office grosses this weekend is the Bethany Hamilton biopicSoul Surfer doing far better than expected….The Hawaii-based bio-pic grossed about an $11.1 million from 2,214 locations to come in fourth place, thanks to teen girls and their moms, as well as faith-based audiences…The film cost about $18 million to produce…

Soul Surfer, which was years in development, is distributed by Sony’s TriStar and marketed by FilmDistrict…According to CinemaScore, 56 percent of the audience was under the age of 25 — a demo that’s been missing from theaters — while 80 percent of those buying tickets were female…“There’s a lot of love for this film,” Sony president of distribution Rory Bruer said.

Soul Surferestars AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid, and features Carrie Underwood (shown above) in her film debut…

Comment by Jose Corpus on April 8, 2011 at 5:22pm
Saw a couple days ago and it was amazing!
Comment by Leslie Rosa Gil on April 5, 2011 at 10:50pm

Just saw the movie at HIFF.

 I was impressed with the quality and sweetness of the film. The camerawork was great. The main essence of Transcending life's difficulties was Hopeful for audiences. Congrats!!!!

Comment by Patricia Magill on March 28, 2011 at 6:48pm
It was really great meeting an awesome mom and daughter Bethany Hamilton! god bless patty
Comment by Patricia Magill on March 28, 2011 at 6:45pm

I got real lucky to be upfront with the main actors on the beach scene in Waimea Beach Park as a photographer with the media and our local news people. That was certainly my lucky day to be in Soul Surfer movie during the surfing competition.



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