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Directed by: Aaron Lieber

Born into a family of surfers in Kauai, Bethany Hamilton began surfing competitively at eight years old. In 2003, at age 13, she was out surfing when she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark, a run-in that cost her her left arm. But not only did she survive the attack - she was back on the competitive circuit just a year later. More than a decade later, Hamilton, now a mother, undertakes her greatest challenge: chasing a toddler - and chasing the biggest wave in her career.

Filmmaker Aaron Lieber weaves intimate observational footage of Hamilton and her family, archival footage of the surfer as a young woman, and gorgeous ocean wave panoramas into a heroic tale of bravery, perseverance, athleticism, and hope. The film takes the viewer on an incredible journey as a girl becomes a woman and a fearless athlete rises to the top of her game, becoming a world champion. Hamilton’s story gives new meaning to the term “surf like a girl.” 

98 minutes

Tribeca Film Festival - Film Premiere

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