Bethany Hamilton stars in "Soul Surfer"

November 4, 2010 | Surfing
Bethany Hamilton: a true soul surfer

"Soul Surfer," a film about the life of Bethany Hamilton, is going to be premiered on April 15, 2011, in US theaters.

Directed by Sean McNamara, "Soul Surfer" tells the story of a competitive surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but has kept showing everyone the determination to live the true surfing dream.

Watch the trailer for the "Soul Surfer" movie.

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 (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.

"Soul Surfer" is based on the book by Bethany Hamilton, Sheryl Berk, and Rick Bundschuh.

The screen story is by Sean McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk, Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson, and Brad Gann.

"My hope is that the story continues to inspire people around the world to overcome the challenges that face them," says Hamilton.