Soul Surfer

Synopsis: 13 year-old Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer who was born to be in the water. But after a fun night out night surfing and what should be a fun day in the water, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm. Rushed to the hospital, she remains calm, and maintains her faith in God. Now she has to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm - including how to surf. It will take her friends, family, and her Christian faith to get her back into the water, but if that is where she is meant to be, she will find a way to get there.
Director(s): Sean McNamara
Production: TriStar/FilmDistrict
  1 win & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

I was born in Hawaii to two die-hard surfers.

How could I not have salt water in my veins?

They say home is where the heart is.

And for most people, that consists

of four walls and a welcome mat.

But for me, it's the ocean.

With the warmth of the sun on my skin.

"Two brothers. "

That's my answer when anyone asks me

why I'm so competitive.

And, of course, there's my best friend Alana.

- Trick or treat!

- Trick or treat!

We spent more time wet than we did dry.

My mom was convinced

that we were mermaids.

From the moment I caught my first wave,

I knew that I wanted to be a pro surfer.

Nothing else seemed to matter.

Surfing is my passion, my way of life.

The stoke I get from riding a perfect wave

is pure joy.

But like my dad always says,

"Life is an adventure.

"And sometimes, you wipe out

and end up in the impact zone. "



Let's go, you're lagging!

I'm coming!

Hey, sorry, Noah, I lost track of time!

Glad you could join us.

- Move over, Timmy.

- Sorry, this seat's saved.

Come on.

- How were the waves?

- Really fun.

- Ready for the contest?

- Yeah.

Practice your snap off the lip?

No, but she's perfect on the wipeouts.

Guys, we're in church.

She's going to do her mermaid thing

and crush it like she always does.

Almost got it.

Darn it.

Come on.

Interesting technique, Noah.

Is that how the professionals do it?

Hey, I know what I'm doing.


- Where you going?

- To watch the competition.

They gave me a five!

Not so bad for a girl.


Read it and weep, honey.

I'm not the one who's going to be weeping.

- Five!

- Hey! Hey! Hey!

- Don't harass the judges!

- Hey! Hey! Hey!

We're coming to get you!

- Babe, is it your knee again?

- Got you!

Noah, put me down!

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen,

to the junior portion

of the Maui Jim

Turtle Bay Resort Invitational.

We're expecting a great competition today.

We've got skateboarding on the half-pipe.

We've got all the action in the water.

- Watch top amateur surf...

- Hey, howzit?

- Hey.

- Hey, Keoki.

If you get tired

waiting for the waves out there,

you can always come and kick it with us.

We don't have to wait for the action.

Well, when you get tired of the pipe,

come surf some real waves.

Hey, Thursday night is a full moon.

If you guys aren't doing anything,

we're all gonna go surfing.

Yeah, if we don't have anything better to do.

Okay. See you guys later.

- All right. Bye.

- Bye.

In semi-final heat number one,

we've got six competitors.

In orange is Olivia Jenner.

In black, Malina Birch.

In blue, Bethany Hamilton.

In yellow, Kaila Kahani.

In white, Lalani Bri.

And in pink, Alana Blanchard.

And it looks like the local groms

have tracked down Hawaiian surfing legend,

Ben Aipa.

Yeah, Ben!

- Hey, you see that sick air Keoki just got?

- I don't think so.

- What?

- You're not going to distract me.

I'm catching that next wave.

I don't think they know how not to compete.

Holt, you didn't tell them, did you?

No, no. I didn't want to make them nervous.

I'm nervous enough for the both of them,

as it is. You know, they both have to place.

Black, Malina Birch, you're in first.

Blue, Bethany Hamilton, you're in second

looking for a 4.2 to overtake that top spot.

Pink, Alana Blanchard, you're in third,

requiring a 5.4 to overtake first place.

Just a reminder, ladies and gentlemen.

The winners of today's contest will qualify

for the Hawaiian Island Regionals.

Alana Blanchard finds the cover

to finish things off.

Solid wave for pink.


Looks like we have a paddle-battle here.

Go, Bethany! Go!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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