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Bethany Hamilton, Story of a Hero – ‘The Current’ Film

February 13, 2014

I am glad to get involved with ‘Make A Hero’ and ‘The Current’ movie because I love to share the importance of staying active, healthy and having fun, no matter your physical limitations. Also, I love the ocean – to me, it’s a gift from God – and I know that it has played a unique role in my healing process.”                                                                 –Bethany Hamilton                                                                 

Make A Hero presents Bethany Hamilton, professional surfer, ESPY winner, and inspiration for the film, Soul Surfer. Bethany is a cast member in Make A Hero’s upcoming water sports film ‘The Current. Her bio is featured, below:


Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope.

In 2003, Bethany lost her left arm while surfing to a 14-foot tiger shark.

Rather than let her career as a rising surf star come crashing down, Bethany miraculously returned to the water one month after the attack, a year later won her first National title, and has since realized her dream of surfing professionally.

Her unbelievably positive attitude fascinated the world, and her story has been told in an autobiography and later adapted to the 2011 film, Soul Surfer.

Recently married, Bethany and her husband, Adam Dirks, are involved in many charitable efforts, including Friends of Bethany, which she and her family created to help shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story.

Now as a professional surfer, motivational speaker, and healthy lifestyle advocate, Bethany continues to touch and inspire lives globally.”



Photography: Tim Burgess

Bethany continues to inspire individuals of all abilities, including adaptive surfers and everyday heroes like Meghan Roswick and Kris Gulden.

Bethany Hamilton is one of the athlete ambassadors featured in Make A Hero’s upcoming film, ‘The Current’, where she shares her story, and speaks about her relationship with the water and how, after a shark attack, she overcame her fear and returned to her passion of surfing (view film trailer, below).

Make A Hero would also like to congratulate Bethany as she takes the next step in her relationship and celebrates her recent marriage –> read the People Magazine article, by clicking here.

How has Bethany inspired you!?

Thanks for commenting below!

*** Make A Hero is a registered 501(c)3, non-profit, creating adaptive sports films and media content, inspiring individuals with disabilities to enjoy the freedom of participation in adaptive sports & recreation.

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  • Marlene Sep 19, 2013 

    wow you are an amazing women. Keep being a survivor and showing those with a disability it doesn’t have to end their life.
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  • Steven David Sep 19, 2013 

    I was diagnosed 2 years ago, with Stage 4 Prostate cancer. I have been a surfer all my life and continue to do so. It is with Bethany’s courage and inspiration that I continue to stay strong and fight the good fight. She has truly changed the life of many and will continue to do so! Thanks to her for keeping us all in good faith and belief in humanity!

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    Bethany is the triumph of the human spirit…..I truly admire her courage and strength!!!

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    I love what bethany is doing. I really wish she were here in nigeria. So many hav lost hope cos of d harsh econmy. Many don’t evn hav passion4 anytin

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