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“Soul Surfer” Bethany Hamilton chews up Jaws!

Bethany Hamilton catching a wave

Bethany Hamilton

December 2009, the first big swells to hit the famous break of Jaws on Maui in five years offered several massive days suitable for tow-in surfing. Bethany was on the scene and was thrilled for the opportunity. Her wave was nominated for the Girls Best Performance in the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards! After watching Bethany Hamilton at Peahi, also known as “Jaws”, the famous big-wave surf spot on Maui, we were inspired to create our new “Jaws” Bone Pendant necklace.

Bethany surfing JAWS Video

 

Imagine taking a pounding 3 X overhead 15 ft wave with one arm. It was amazing to watch and without a doubt remarkable. She was astounding and this young woman is fast becoming the most extraordinary woman surfer in history. Inspirational doesn’t even begin to describe Bethany Hamilton. Her story is one of survival, determination and heart.

 

“I really enjoy coming to Maui, there’s some really good surf over there. It’s very beautiful and similar to Kauai. I have friends over there; I just like to roam around.” Besides surfing Jaws, Bethany says that she also enjoys hiking in Iao Valley. “That might be my favorite spot over there.”

  

  

Soul Surfer – The Movie

Soul Surfer is the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton’s courage, challenges and triumphs after losing her arm in a 2003 shark attack. The film has received a rare A+ Cinema Score. Bethany Hamilton a 13-year-old girl destined for a successful surfing career lost her arm to a 14-foot tiger shark on Halloween day, October 31, 2003. The attack didn’t stop this determined soul surfer from giving up, instead it compelled her to discover her purpose in life as she overcame the loss of her arm and got back on the board just three weeks later. And just 19 months later Bethany won the 2005 NSS a national surfing championship.
 

 
 
 

Bethany Hamilton getting ready to tow.

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton getting ready to tow.

In the movie Bethany did all the surfing. The surf was double overhead one of the day s they shot the surfing scenes and Bethany was charging! It was dangerous and so big that one of the camera crew got hurt. The Jet Ski was going over a bump and his camera socked him in the mouth. He knocked out his two front teeth! And this camera operator was a professional that knew what he was doing. 

  

 

Fun Fact: How did they make Bethany’s stunt double’s arm disappear? She wears a green sleeve and they remove it during editing.

 

  Soul Surfer – The Cast

 

AnnaSophia Robb plays Bethany Hamilton. Helen Hunt plays Bethany’s mother Cheri and Dennis Quaid acts as Bethany’s father Tom. The producers cast some local Hawaiians for parts in the movie and local talents were given a shot at some of the bigger roles. Local boy Cody Gomes plays Bethany’s best friend and her rival is played by Sonya Balmores Chung – a local girl from Kauai.

 

Fun Fact: The morning of the attack Bethany’s father Tom was in the hospital scheduled for knee surgery. Her Dad was being set up to go into the O. R. Bethany was rushed in to take his place.

Country singing sensation Carrie Underwood makes her acting debut and was cast as Sarah Hill, a church youth leader. “It was really exciting for me. I never set out to be an actress, but I always said if something came along and it was for the right reasons, I would do it. And this script just felt right.” Screenwriter Michael Berk said: “She was so honest and real on camera, it just blew us away.”

 

Also in the cast is Jack Nicholson’s 19-year-old daughter, Lorraine, who landed the role of Hamilton’s best friend, Alana Blanchard, who was with Hamilton the day of the attack.

 

Jaws Carved Bone Pendant Necklace

Jaws Carved Bone Pendant Necklace

Don’t forget to check out our new cool hand carved bone  “Jaws” necklace  inspired by Bethany’s shredding, Maui style!

Please give us your thoughts about Bethany, the movie, or our pendant by leaving a comment below.

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