Courage, Calm, Clarity – Soul Surfer’s Message to Teens

Bethany Hamilton (stage)


Oceans have a way of defining clarity in one’s life. Some visit the ocean to surf, play in the sand, or reflect on the future with the help of calm ocean breezes and blue waters. Bethany Hamilton’s clarity came not just from the ocean–but from her faith.

Earlier this week, Bethany Hamilton (a.k.a., “Soul Surfer”) shared reflections of oceans present and past with kids at Teen Esteem in Pleasanton, California. It was one of the first appearances for the Soul Surfer in a motivational, free form, interactive group setting.

I brought three teens with me to listen to Bethany’s story. She has been a source of inspiration to millions through her determination, hope, and faith.

Bethany Hamilton (at 13)Bethany’s life changed eleven years ago. On October 31, 2003, she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack took her left arm, and could have ended her life as well as her career as a rising surf star. She was only 13.

Instead, the incident that could have crippled her spirit became a source of inspiration. Through faith and unwavering hope, she has overcome physical challenge to become a role model for young teens today.

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