Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Soul Surfer

This weekend, I watched the movie, Soul Surfer, about Bethany Hamilton, the teen aged surfer who had her arm bitten off by a shark. She lost 60% of her blood and survived only because her friend's father immediately put a tourniquet on her arm. He was there with her when it happened and they called 911 and met the ambulance en route.

 A mere three weeks after the accident, she went surfing again. She had a really tough time relearning but she adapted and refused to be enabled, such as being allotted extra time to paddle out to the waves during competition. I really liked one of her lines, "I don't need easy. I just need possible". She had the courage and will power to get back on the board in spite of everything. It reminded me of horsebackriding and how an accident can be such a setback. What I find most incredible though is that I don't think fear of sharks ever occured to her. I mean, I'm not sure I'd ever want to go back into the water again. What do you think?

Here's the trailer to the movie. The computer graphics are pretty amazing considering the actress wasn't one-armed. I certainly recommend going to see it, but bring kleenex.



And here's a video of the real Bethany

10 comments:

Jeni said...

wow! Incredible person. Thank you for sharing.

fernvalley01 said...

Sounds like a wonderful stroy . What an amazing gal

Ed said...

Thats one cool surfer chick, I have dove in the same area where she was attacked, but no Tiger shark sightings when I was there..:-)

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

I haven't seen the movie, but I've seen interviews with her. It is an amazing story of faith and courage.

Dan

rharper said...

Thanks for coming over to my blog. And yup..that was quite a duststorm. Biggest I'd ever seen. If you don't mind, I'm keep your blog handy. I just adore horses - always have always will. And I don't have any. :(

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

She is such an inspiration!

Oh the joys of youth. When I was her age I would have probably done the same thing with no trepidation or fear. When you get older, you have a lot more life to flash before your eyes in the face of the possibility of a serious injury. When you're a child, you live for today and don't think much about tomorrow. You don't have a lot of baggage. That easily gives you more courage and bravery.

~Lisa

Dreaming said...

Although I haven't seen the movie I was drawn to Bethany and her story when she was featured on some reality show. She has amazing fortitude and an incredible 'go getter' attitude!

Linda said...

Some people are inspirations for the rest of us. Thank you for this post.

Linda
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Once Upon an Equine said...

Sounds like an inspiring movie. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll try to catch it on DVD soon.

Merri said...

wow! thanks for sharing that!
- The Equestrian Vagabond