By Andrew Martin, New Zealand Herald
Bethany Hamilton has become a powerful symbol of Christianity…
…She is quite distinctive. As the woman who works at the Hanalei Surf Shop said to me: “You can’t miss her. She’s 15, blonde, and has only one arm.”
Added to which, even in the fearsomely competitive Hawaiian waters, Bethany Hamilton is still the best surfer out there, carving radical, aggressive lines into the wave face…
…God is not an add-on in Hamilton’s young life, an embroidery stitched in by an over-zealous pastor.
God saw her through her troubles and gave her the strength to get back on her board.
The attack, in her eyes, is the trial she had to endure, like Job. And others, too, must endure their trials…
…For Bethany, surfing is a manifestation of faith.
Cutting against the grain of the old surfing stereotype, she recently made an anti-drug commercial. She is a synthesis of surfing, salvation, and cinema.
But Bethany always was and remains a serious long-term wave-user. She is the real deal, unfazed by trauma or celebrity.
She has recovered superbly from her brush with the apocalypse and, given a few years, could yet make an impact on the pro ranks.
She doesn’t really need to pitch any message: she is the message… READ FULL ARTICLE