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‘Unstoppable’ gets Best Feature award at HIFF

We are thrilled to announce that "Unstoppable" - my new surf film, has been awarded Made In Hawaii Best Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival just this week!   It was the biggest award of the night! I’m really stoked and proud of our filmmaker Aaron and his team for putting together such a great film!   The Made in Hawaii jurors shared that "BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE quickly showed us that what we thought we knew, was just the beginning of the story."   The jurors called the film “emotional and inspiring” and said: “this film did what all great docs do – it captured defining moments you can’t believe were captured on film with twists and turns that defied expectations. This amazing story of a deeply relatable underdog was also complemented with epic cinematography and a final shot that has to be seen to be believed.”...

Unstoppable Me || Kids Book Read Aloud

"UNSTOPPABLE ME,” the adorable children's book, read aloud by authors Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton to their son Tobias. Set to lullaby music and mixed with breathtaking imagery of Bethany Hamilton surfing massive waves at Teahupo’o, Tahiti. The Unstoppable Me BONUS SCENE redefines the perception of what it means to be a mother and an athlete while encouraging kids to develop resilience and be unstoppable.   Order your copy of Bethany's New Books.   This is a bonus scene from the film BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE --  the complete and untold story that follows Bethany's 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. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Bethany is continuously rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. More on the film   Film Website: http://www.unstoppablethefilm.net Film and Video by: Aaron Lieber, Lieber Films...

Bethany’s Signature Surfboards

It gets me pumped up to see young girls and boys enjoying the ocean; and it's something I always hope to encourage. Surfing is such a healthy sport too! There’s been growing influx of young women surfing and I hope to see that keep going! So, for the first time, Channel Islands Surfboards (CI) and I collaborated to make some fun, affordable soft-top surfboards that your whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced you can have a blast on them!   Are these the types of board I'd ride for high level, boundary pushing competitive surfing - NO. Channel Islands has an array of high performance boards to meet those needs. But are these the types of boards I bring to family beach days - absolutely!! These boards put the fun and accessibility of surfing at the forefront. These are the playful, not-so-serious, have fun boards!   Adam and I, with a friend of ours, gave design input and graphic direction; with that, CI developed an affordable range of boards that provide a ton of stoke—for every level of surfer. I always like to have color on my boards, so it was important for me that the boards be full...

New books ‘Be Unstoppable’ and ‘Unstoppable Me’

Known most notably as one of the best women surfers in the world, Bethany Hamilton’s story is one of the biggest comeback stories of a generation. In 2003, while surfing, she lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, and her amazing resilience and positive attitude fascinated the world as she returned to surfing, winning national titles and becoming a source of inspiration to millions.   Her raw grit and determination will be highlighted in two new books, releasing from publishing partner Zondervan on June 5, 2018, in conjunction with the upcoming release of her new documentary, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable.   In the picture book, Be Unstoppable: The Art of Never Giving Up, (Zondervan, $16.99), Bethany inspires readers to be bold, enjoy life, and take the risk of trusting God each day. Alongside breathtaking, never-before-seen photos from the making of her new documentary, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, the book has inspiring quotes and lessons from her life. With a full-color poster included, this book will resonate with new and old fans who will appreciate her story of living life with anticipation for the limitless possibilities found in a faith in God that is bigger than the hardships she faced.   Her new children’s board book, Unstoppable...

Pregnancy Movement

Moving my body is so important to me, and yes, especially while being pregnant. Giving birth is so physical; I believe it's important to stay in decent shape for labor. I've learned to believe it is also very important to have a healthy overall posture and pelvis positioning which can make the world of difference in your labor. Along with movement, I think having a healthy state of mind and a great well-balanced diet is essential.   With birth in the near future, I really want to have a healthy, smooth, all-natural delivery and I am willing to work for it. So here you go--my take on moving during my pregnancy. (I think these are all great to do pregnant or not!)   This pregnancy, being my second I surfed till about 6 1/2 months along, then I felt ready to take a lil break. I had also lightened up on any hard impact movement at just around 5 months along. It was that time I learned I was dealing with a bit of Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which I did not have in my first pregnancy. SPD is a more-than-normal separation of the pubic bone and causes pain around that area. If your...

Exciting News from the Dirks’

We are excited to share with you all that we are expecting another child!!!!   Adam and I are so so sooo excited!!! And Tobias seems to get excited too; he gives baby kisses everyday! We are thankful we can grow our family and add even more joy to life. Becoming parents to Tobias has been such a beautiful journey. We love the joy and also the challenges he brings to our life; and he is sure ready for a sibling.   I'm thankful my pregnancy has been mellow and manageable. I begged Adam to wait till baby's birthday to find out the gender and he agreed. (: With Tobias we found out, but I really wanted a surprise for this baby. So, surprise it will be!   We expect the little one in March.   -The Dirks'...

Riding Kelly Slater’s Wave Ranch

So Bethany got a call from Kelly Slater, who invited her out to surf at his man-made solar-powered wave ranch. You do not turn that down. Presently touted to be the "World's Best Man-made Wave" the wave machine puts out a right- and, now, left- breaking, barreling wave which has been carefully designed by top pro surfer Kelly Slater and his team. "It's a dream because I've been wanting to work on my backside barrel riding," Bethany says. "And today, I got more more backside barrels in one session than I did ever. It makes you giggle and giddy." "Bethany's backside tuberiding is an athletic feat that not any other person on earth has," remarks Slater. "She doesn't have the ability to grab the rail. It just blew me away." Video Courtesy: Kelly Slater Wave Co...

Surfer’s Hall of Fame Induction

Highlight Video, courtesy Surfers Hall of Fame.   On August 4, 2017, Bethany Hamilton and Mick Fanning were inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, cementing their feet, hands and a special message into the cement in front of the Duke statue off Main St. and Pacific Coast Hwy.   "Feeling very honored to have been inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame this morning and to be chosen and remembered amongst such incredible surfers in Surfing history. Mahalo to all for the love and support through out my journey. [Mahalo] to the Pai's, Mick and my family. #AlwaysHope" - Bethany   This was recorded as a live feed of the induction ceremony presented by Huntington Surf and Sport.    ...

Bethany’s Signature Candles

Sticky Bumps' new Bethany Hamilton signature candle line was developed closely with me with my beloved Kauai in mind. Some of the island’s iconic locations are paired with quintessential Hawaiian fragrances…   “Queen’s Bath” Coconut Milk, “Hanalei Valley” Tuberose, and “The Garden Isle” Coconut Lime Vanilla will transport you from anywhere in the world to Kauai’s beaches and gardens. From my home to yours, ALOHA.   Buy a Signature Candle ...