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Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At the age of 13, 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 two years had won her first national title. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and since then, her story has been told in a New York Times best selling autobiography and in the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging and offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ. Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book Body and Soul in 2014. Bethany’s latest project, Unstoppable, a surf documentary which will showcase her as one of the best women surfers in the world, is set to release theatrically in the USA on July 12, 2019, accompanied by a photo book and a children’s book. Passionate about helping young women be unstoppable in life and faith, Bethany has launched a new website for sharing content and facilitating connection. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer and motivational speaker.

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Photo Usage Rights and Restrictions:

These photos are available for editorial use with Bethany and the photographer’s permissions as long as you include the photographer’s credit and email with a link to where they are being used. For commercial or advertising use, you will need to contact the photographer directly.

Photo Credit: Trevor Murphy

Photo Credit: Mike Coots

Photo Credit: Mike Coots

Photo Credit: Aaron Lieber

Video Usage Rights and Restrictions:

Our arrangement with the videographer is that the footage may only be used for public relations and editorial purposes. You may use the footage with Bethany’s and the videographer’s permission as long as you provide credit to: Aaron Lieber / Lieber Films and email with a link to where it is being used.

Video Credit: Aaron Lieber

Media & Appearances

July 11, 2019 / REI's Wild Ideas Worth Living

The Making of Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable with Director Aaron Lieber

Host Shelby Stanger talks to the film’s director, Aaron Lieber, about working with Bethany, and how he went from being an intern to making feature films. She also talks to Bethany about what it was like to work with Aaron and what she hopes people will take away from the movie.

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August 23, 2018 / Outside Outline

Bethany Hamilton Is What Unstoppable Looks Like

The surfer lost her arm to a shark 15 years ago. If you think that's slowed her down, you don't know her story. *Also featured in the print issue.

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June 12, 2018 / Surfer Magazine

More Than A Survivor

Surfer Magazine June 2018 Issue gives an ode to the many women who make up the world's varied lineups. "More Than a Survivor" is 10 pages of powerful imagery and an exclusive interview of Bethany by Ashtyn Douglas.

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April 20, 2018 / ESPN-W

ESPN-W Review of Unstoppable By Carrie Ann Welsh, ESPNW

"Unstoppable," Bethany Hamilton's new full-length documentary, is as inspiring as any feel-good sports movie, but never sappy or heavy-handed. It is real without being voyeuristic. The film is a swirling hybrid of performance-surf movie and documentary, simultaneously offering up gorgeous swells and gnarly maneuvers with an intimate look at Hamilton, who keeps coming back to the ocean despite its challenges.

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