DEALING WITH INJURY

I’ve kinda had to learn this tip several times and it’s hard.  If you have been training, involved with sports, or some form of exercise, injury can and does happen. When it does it is important to make the right moves to allow our bodies to heal.   I recently sprained my knee surfing and was able to bounce back pretty quick by taking these steps:   REST - It was so hard to just rest, especially when there was fun waves.  It’s important to rest and not put strain on the injury though.   ICE - Icing for 20 minutes at a time reduces inflammation and allows quicker healing.   COMPRESS AND ELEVATE - Compressing with an ACE bandage reduces inflammation (I actually use the inside of an old bike tire to wrap the area); and of course elevating the injured area.   At the end of the day, listen to your body and the advice of others. You’ll know your limits and when you’re ready to get back out there!...

5 Veggies a Day Challenge

It's a new month which means it's a great time to start clean or to continue your New Year's health resolutions--and nothing beats good ol’ vegetables for true nourishment and good health!   Adam, Tobias and I have been on a vegetable kick lately, but sometimes we get stuck in a rut of eating the same things. That’s why we challenged ourselves to eat at least 5 different veggies a day for a week. On my social media, I have been sharing lots of the yummy and nutritious things we are eating to help inspire you to eat healthy too!   If you want to join me in this challenge, share your veggie-loaded foods with me by using #5VegetablesADay on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and I’ll re-share my favorites! #bhbodyandsoul...

How to be Unstoppable and Live Life Fully

Bethany is featured on the podcast "Wild Ideas Worth Living" with host Shelby Stanger.   Bethany Hamilton’s Wild Idea: Surfing giant waves, having a family, giving back to others, and living life to the fullest no matter what.   Bethany Hamilton is one of the most empowering surfers of all time. She’s had many wild ideas, from continuing to surf despite losing her left arm, to surfing giant waves at Jaws in Maui last year, starting a non-profit to help others, having a baby, speaking in front of crowds of 20k plus, and now making a movie, Unstoppable. Because wild ideas require wild living, this interview was done from a cell phone on an island, so the sound is not perfect, but the message is still clear. Nothing gets in the away for Bethany in achieving her dreams.   Listen to this episode if you: – Are a Bethany Hamilton fan. – Are curious how long she can hold her breath. – Want to know how Bethany juggles her schedule. – Want to hear some of Bethany’s tricks and tips to life and surfing.   The Deep Dive 04:05 – Bethany discusses her wild idea. 05:55 – Bethany’s keys to success in public speaking. 08:40 – Bethany’s experience surfing 60 foot waves. 12:45 – How long...

Lieber Films Announces New Film Title: UNSTOPPABLE

Lieber Films announced this week a new title for Bethany's surf documentary project: BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE. The film, formerly known as "Surfs Like a Girl," chronicles the life and athletic career of the inspirational professional surfer.   The 2011 hit film SOUL SURFER, starring AnnaSophia Robb and Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt, was inspired by Bethany Hamilton’s real-life experience and dramatized her courage and determination to get back into the water after the tragic attack.   UNSTOPPABLE will be Bethany’s complete and untold story that follows her journey from childhood into motherhood - the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time.  In 2016 alone Bethany’s capacity to inspire reached new heights as she beat a six-time world champion and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Bethany is continuously rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete, and brings new meaning to the phrase “Surfs Like a Girl.”   The film is being directed and produced by Aaron Lieber. Jane Kelly Kosek of Meritage Pictures and Penny Edmiston ("Bones Brigade: An Autobiography") are producers on the film.   “We started production with support from a Kickstarter campaign...

Bethany Welcomed To Team Tige

Tige Boats is excited to welcome the inspirational Bethany Hamilton to the Tige family! Known as one of the world’s most brave women and a world ranked surfer, Bethany will now be adding the Tige wave to her surfing.   “Surfing is my passion, so taking it behind a boat is going to be a fun adventure,” stated Bethany. “I’m excited to be a part of the Tige family and represent the brand!”   Surfing behind Tige Boats is the latest trend to hit lakes around the world. To learn more about wakesurfing with Tige, check out Pro Surfer and TeamTige athlete Josh Kerr surfing the endless wave here.   At the age of thirteen, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within 2 years had won her first National title. Bethany’s legend status continued to rise at the 2016 Fiji Women’s Pro as she beat out the top world ranked women.   "Bethany is an icon and role model," stated Charlie Pigeon, Founder and CEO of Tige Boats. "Her story has inspired millions of people around the world. Bethany is the perfect fit for Tige and our culture.”   Bethany Hamilton was the...

Greens, Eggs & Avo: A Complete Breaky!

Eggs fried in grassfed butter, with pesto, sauteed greens and avocado. Mmmm. This has been our go-to breakfast (or lunch!) lately. Tobias has been liking eggs a ton!   What you'll need: - 1-2 organic eggs - partial bunch of organic greens (try kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard, or mustard) - 1 ripe avocado - 2-4 tbsp. grass-fed butter - 1 spoonful of basil pesto (see my recipe) - 1 spoonful of chevre (goat cheese) - sea salt and ground pepper to taste   How to prepare: 1- Fry your egg(s) in grass-fed butter (learn how), 2- Sautee greens (learn how) 3- Slice avocado 4- Plate the egg(s), greens, and avocado. Top with pesto, sea salt, ground pepper, and chevre (optional).   Enjoy a great, healthy start to your day!...

Homemade Baby Food

All Natural Vegetable & Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree   Since becoming parents, Adam and I enjoy making food for our son, Tobias. So many of the on-the-go baby food purees on the market contain fruit, which adds extra sugar that our son's growing body does not need.   Making your own baby food is so easy!   STEP 1: Chop and Steam 2 Carrots, 2 Zucchini, and 1 Sweet Potato*   STEP 2: Blend with 1/2 cup Bone Broth   Leftovers can be preserved in the refrigerator or freezer in reusable baby food pouches or containers.   *It's so easy to mix this recipe up with whatever veggies you have on hand. As always, we recommend choosing fresh, organic produce.   This is a recipe suitable for a 9-18 month old child. And it can be easily modified based on age and personal preferences.   ...

Family Night Tip: The Cell Phone Bowl

"To say that young people are in love with their smartphones would be an understatement: It's more like they're obsessed, confirms a new study out by Zogby Analytics." -- USA Today.   Sadly, when I look at the world around me, I have to agree that it's true. This article by RawHide is so revealing of the issue. But it doesn't have to be the case for all of us. As a young person in our culture it is possible, and highly valuable, to recognize this problem and begin to set limits for yourself, encouraging your family and friends to do the same.   My family and I have been trying to prioritize our time together by having a "cell phone bowl" where we can all put our devices when we are together.   The results we've seen -- we interact, we laugh together, we have meaningful conversations, we love each other.   Naturally, we must bust out a smartphone on occasion to take pictures. But for the most part, the rule is: Leave your phone in the bowl. The whole time you're there. And especially while at the dinner table.   Try it at your next family night! I dare you....

Day 1 Swatch Womens Pro

Bethany Gives Tyler a Run for Her Money (Again) In a near-repeat of their Fiji battle, the Hawaiian Bethany Hamilton had the Jeep leader, Tyler Wright, on the ropes at Trestles, with Nikki Van Dijk taking the win. - WSL   It was a rough start to Round 1, Heat 3  at Day 1 of the WSL Swatch Women's Pro today, with a bit of a lull for the first ten minutes of the heat. Making the three competitors a little antsy down at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, CA.  Bethany held the lead after a few solid scores, but then lost it when Nikki Van Dijk turned out a good scoring ride near the end of the heat. Her final wave was so close but not quite enough to move her back to the lead.   She will move on to Round 2 where she has another matchup against current World #1 Tyler Wright.   The Swatch Women's Pro will stream live on the WSL website and app September 7th-18th and runs in conjunction with the Hurley Pro at Trestles....

Swatch Womens Pro Wildcard

Bethany Hamilton has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women's Pro for the second consecutive year. [picture above is her ripping at Trestles before the 2015 event]. This will mark her seventh appearance in a Championship Tour event and her second this season.   The Hawaiian previously caused a series of upsets at the Fiji Women's Pro earlier this year when she blazed through the draw, eliminating world No. 1 Tyler Wright and defeating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore on her way to the Semifinals.   Bethany will face Australians Tyler Wright and Nikki Van Dijk in Round 1 of competition.   "Lower Trestles is a really special place - the perfect platform to showcase women's surfing," said WSL Women's Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. "Bethany is an extremely talented surfer and we are very excited to have her back at the Swatch Women's Pro. After her incredible performance in Fiji, which is the best we've seen from a wildcard in some time, she has earned another opportunity to compete alongside the world's best."   The Swatch Women's Pro will stream live on the WSL website and app September 7th-18th and runs in conjunction with the Hurley Pro at Trestles, event No. 8 on the men's CT.   Content courtesy WSL....