Story by: Jack Foley
A BRAVE teenage surfer, who lost her arm in a shark attack, but
who got back on a board just months afterwards, is to have her
story turned into a film.
Bethany Hamilton made world-wide headlines when, at the age of
just 13, she became the victim of a shark attack, while lying
on her surf-board, off the coast of Hawaii, in 2003.
The shark in question ripped off her left arm, just below the
shoulder, but despite suffering from shock, Bethany made it to
shore, where she was rushed to hospital.
Doctors insist she was able to make such a dramatic and speedy
recovery because of her fitness levels - she was one of the top-rated
amateur surfers at the time of of the attack and tipped for great
Many thought that her career might
be over, but now, just 14, she has returned to the water and is
surfing once more.
Needless to say, Bethany's bravery has proved an inspiration
to many and her dedication has turned her into something of a
A biography, Soul Surfer, is about to be published, and it has
just been announced that a US production company has bought the
rights to the story.
According to producer, Michael Shane: "Bethany is a shining
light with a great, compelling story of overcoming adversity.
"This is a little girl whose life could have been fully
destroyed, but she seized the moment and turned it around in a
The subsequent film has reportedly been fast-tracked by production
company, Romano/Shane, with filming already scheduled to start
next year, even though a screenwriter has yet to be hired.
However, according to Mr Shane, if all goes to plan, shooting
will begin in Hawaii next Summer.