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. Written by
When you come back from a loss, beat the odds, and never say never, you find a champion.
8 April 2011 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $10,601,862
(8 April 2011)
(15 July 2011)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
The far away surfing scenes are actually Bethany Hamilton because AnnaSophia Robb isn't the best surfer and Bethany wanted to be a part of the movie, Bethany is also seen when her character is helping with the recovery from the tsunami Bethany is seen carring soccer ball in a box from the side so you can't see her lost arm. See more
When Bethany Hamilton is on the surf board in Thailand and Sarah Hill is watching, a slightly bald man is over her shoulder. The group of people (including the same man) walks over but in the next shot he is over her same shoulder again. See more
Transworld Surf Reporter #1
Bethany, I'm from Transworld Surf Magazine. Are you upset you didn't win today?
I didn't come to win, I came to surf.
Fuel T.V. reporter #2
Bethany, I just wanted to ask you. If you could go back to that day, and not have gone surfing, would you do it?
I wouldn't change what happened to me, because then I wouldn't have this chance. In front of all of you... this chance to, embrace more people than I ever could have with two arms.
During the ending credits, videos of the real Bethany Hamilton
are shown, many of similar (or possibly the inspiration for) moments in the film. See more
Ho'oheno Keia No Beauty
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