“I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of things to achieve some
of the goals and dreams in my life.”
- Bethany Hamilton, Ep118 The Monica Kade Podcast
On the final episode of The Monica Kade Podcast for 2019, I sat down with Pro-surfer, Bethany Hamilton. She's become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At the age of 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star.
One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within two years had won her first national title. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and since then, her story has been told in a New York Times best selling autobiography and in the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which reaches out to amputees and youth.
Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book Body and Soul in 2014. Bethany’s latest project, Unstoppable, a surf documentary which showcases her as one of the best women surfers in the world, released theatrically in the USA on July 12, 2019, accompanied by a photo book and a children’s book.
Passionate about helping young women be unstoppable in life and faith, Bethany has launched a new website and online course for sharing content and facilitating connection. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer and motivational speaker.
Bethany is an incredible human being. Her determination and sheer drive to not let anything step in the way of her surfing is truly inspiring. She reminds me that if you really want something, you can have it…just go after it!
When she realised her love for surfing
How being in the water from a young age shaped her life
How she approaches big waves
Whether resilience is something she’s naturally grown up with or developed
What’s the greatest thing surfing taught you about yourself
What inspired her new documentary, The Unstoppable Film
What it was like to surf pregnant
Why she created her 12-month online program ‘Live Unstoppable’
What career she’d like to attempt if not in this one?
What piece of wisdom Bethany lives by?