Soul Surfer: An Inspirational Drama about Faith and Human Endurance

“I don’t need easy, I just need possible”. If you’ve recently suffered a setback in the pursuit of your dreams, you have to see Soul Surfer. Sean McNamara’s inspirational drama tells the true story of pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton, who after surviving a devastating shark attack, had to learn how to surf with one arm.

Soulsurfer (2011): Directed by Sean McNamara; running-time 1h46mins.; starring AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries), Helen Hunt (What Women want), Dennis Quaid (Frequency), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan), Carrie Underwood.

Soul Surfer was one of the first films I watched on Netflix. It really put a lot of things in perspective for me and inspired me not to give up on my own dreams. I also really wanted to learn how to surf after watching the film, so be warned…

What’s it about? The true story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (played by Robb) who survived a devastating shark attack and had to learn how to surf with one arm.

What’s it really about? Human endurance.

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Bethany Hamilton and AnnaSophia Robb on the set of Soul Surfer

Pick if:

  • You’ve recently suffered a setback in the pursuit of your dreams
  • You’re looking for a drama to watch on your own, with your girlfriends, or your family: Soul Surfer is not only an inspirational tale about overcoming tragedy, it also tells a beautiful story about the power of family and friendship
  • You’re a fan of films about surfing, such as Blue Crush, Point Break, or Chasing Maverick: the surf action in Soul Surfer is breathtaking, not to mention realistic since the real Bethany Hamilton acts as AnnaSophia Robbs stunt double

Most memorable scenes: With the support of her family and her best friend, Bethany takes to the waves for the first time since losing her arm. Even though everybody tells her to take it slow, Bethany is dead-set on surfing, her determination never wavering, though she keeps slipping and falling. When she eventually manages to stand up, everyone cheers and celebrates her comeback.

Most memorable quote: “Surfing isn’t the most important thing in life. Love is. I’ve had the chance to embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with two.” – Bethany

Where can I watch? Soul Surfer is available for streaming on YouTube, Amazon, Maxdome and Videoload as well as Netflix Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil.

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