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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Bethany Hamilton's Unstoppable in New Documentary

The Christian surfer, who long ago shot to fame after a shark attack, is now a mother of two and a world-class athlete despite the trauma of her ordeal.

Bethany Hamilton rides a wave in a scene from the film. Image: Aaron Lieber.

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable hits theaters tomorrow and reintroduces audiences to that courageous soul who first made headlines in 2003 as a 13-year old when she was bitten by a tiger shark while surfing in her native Hawaii. Hamilton lost her left arm and spent three weeks in the hospital.

Stunningly, she was back in the water and on a surf board just one month after the incident. There were many more headlines to follow, rounds on the talk-show circuit and ultimately a feature film in 2011 - Soul Surfer - that starred Christian actors Kevin Sorbo and AnnaSophia Robb.

Now 29-years old, the real Bethany Hamilton hits the silver screen in this new documentary from director and cinematographer Aaron Lieber. Four years in the making, it charts her life as wife, mother to two young boys, motivational speaker, advocate for others who have lost limbs and world-class surfer. Christian Film Blog has yet to see the movie, but the trailer is something to behold: wow, can she surf!!!

Hamilton says, "God gave me this passion to surf," and she continues to pursue it with everything she has...her training regimen is grueling. Being a devout Christian, it is no surprise that on her website she cites Christ as the true source of her strength. And she encourages others to find theirs in Him as well.

"We can put our hope, trust, and future in Jesus because He has overcome the world. He can give you the strength and peace to overcome your trials too."

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable debuts in about 200 theaters nationwide and you can check this link to the film's website to find one in your area. In the meantime, as you will see in the trailer below, the cinematography is stunning. With a can't-miss protagonist who has an out-of-this-world inspiring story, we can't wait to see it.

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