Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I know, I know, it's a tween movie but it was seriously so good, and I think you should all go get it and make your hubbies, tweens, and kiddies watch it with you. I was obsessed with Blue Crush when it came out, inspired by it to be strong and healthy (and travel to Hawaii), and was super excited when I saw the previews for Soul Surfer based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her arm in a shark attack during surfing practice and was back in the water the first chance she got and on to win competitions and become a world champion. 

I must have cried 10 times throughout the movie because it was so touching. There were so many amazing scenes and the quotes were so powerful I started jotting them down: 

In one scene after she just misses a wave and loses a competition a reporter asks her if she would take back the day she lost her arm, and she replies, "I wouldn’t change what happened to me, because then I wouldn’t have this chance to be in front of all of you. This chance to embrace more people than I ever could have with two arms." 

"I was born to surf. This is why I wake up at the crack of dawn every day. This is why I endure belly rashes, reef cuts, muscles so tired they feel like noodles. And I’ve learned that life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up because you never know what’s over the next wave."

Me: Brian, I'm writing about the movie on the blog, is that weird? 
Brian: No, it's awesome. Bottom line is that the movie tells the story of a girl that something horrendous happened to, and she refused to take no for an answer. It was awesome. 


  1. We loved this movie! Talk about determination and a fabulous family- there were a hundred lessons for my girls to learn from this movie. We all loved it.

  2. I didn't see the movie..., but watched an interview with her, which was interesting and touching.

  3. Loved it! Just watched it last weekend. Very touching!

  4. Thanks for low down the movie - I might need to take my tissue box though! I think I'll take my fifteen year old girl. She has long blonde hair & grew up surfing so I think she'll relate to Bethany. Just hope she's not too scared to get back in the water!