Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yes, Bethany Hamilton Is Inspiring

Last week I was posting about a few folks that I found inspiring. My posts were not inclusive as there are many folks that I find inspiring. Each does so for different reasons and some more than others.

One of my favorite surfing buddies asked me why I didn't mention Bethany Hamilton in these posts. Well, it certainly isn't because I don't find her to be a source of inspiration. She just wasn't on my radar that day.

Back in 2003 Bethany was only 13 but already an avid surfer. She was out in the water and the unthinkable happened when a shark bit off one of her arms. A lot of people would never get back in the water after that. Not Bethany. She is still shredding today. In fact, as I was surfing the internet over the weekend I noticed that there was a new video of her getting barreled. Check out her calendar on her website and you'll see that surfing is still her life.

Yeah, she's quite an inspiration.

The person that asked me why I didn't include her last week is pretty admirable herself. Check her out here.


Lindsay said...

Bethany Hamilton is very inspiring! I would like to see that documentary about her story. It's not out yet, is it?

Apryl DeLancey said...

It is out - you'll either catch it at screenings at "the usual" surf film places. (I'm not sure if there are any near you.) However, the DVD is available at Amazon and other retailers.