They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else would one ignor the passion that drives her to surf? How else would one explain that nothing—not even the loss of her arm—could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark ’ s stealth attack with the calm of a irl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she starte to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “ Get to the beach .... ” And when the irst thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “ When can I surf again? ” it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of th greater story—a tale of braver and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.
Soul Surfer is moving account of Bethany ’ s life as th young surfer, her recovery after the ttack, the adjustments she ’ s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her elief in God. It is anothe tale of girl power and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing—perhaps even less so—than the soul.