Bethany’s SOUL SURFER Opens Today

Bethany Hamilton. Photo courtesy Rip Curl

Bethany Hamilton. Photo courtesy Rip Curl

Costa Mesa, CA (April 7, 2011): With the major motion picture based on her life set to hit theaters nationwide this Friday, April 8, new action clips, interviews, product, photos, and the film trailer can all be found on the Bethany Hamilton x Soul Surfer website at ripcurl.com/soulsurfer.

After suffering a shark attack that severed her left arm in 2003, Bethany has inspired the world by not only finding her way back to surfing again, but notching up a National Title, ASP World Junior Runner-Up honors, ASP World Tour qualification contention, all the while showing she’s one of the most well-rounded female surfers in the world by surfing waves such as Jaws.

Fast forward to 2011, a major motion picture by SONY Pictures will be hitting theaters nationwide starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, amongst others, and Bethany has been taking it all in stride.

“I’m stoked with how Soul Surfer turned out,” Bethany recently said. “It’s nerve-racking when you combine a true story with a Hollywood twist because you never know how it will turn out. My family and I had a lot of say in what went into the movie and it turned out great! I also think it will be a great showcase for women’s surfing!”

While this film will undoubtedly take her name and celebrity to a whole new level, Bethany will be shifting gears back to what she does best- surf. Bethany has officially accepted a wildcard to compete in the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach April 19 – April 30.

After accepting wildcards in the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal and 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search, Bethany will undoubtedly be ready to put the experience to use in the ASP’s longest running and most prestigious event: The Rip Curl Pro.

“I’m so thankful and honored to have the opportunity to compete against the world’s best Women Surfers in Rip Curl’s historic Bells event,” Bethany stated. “I hope we get conditions that I can really show my best surfing and do well in. It’s always a pleasure to go to Australia!”

To pre-purchase tickets to SOUL SURFER, please visit the official SOUL SURFER website www.soulsurferthemovie.com.

To visit the Bethany Hamilton x Soul Surfer site ripcurl.com/soulsurfer.