Soul Surfer: Good Values for Adventurous Families

As the dad of three daughters, I'm always looking for ways to encourage my girls to be active and to enjoy the outdoors.

When the movie Soul Surfer came out a few years ago, I hoped the movie would be a positive experience and demonstrate great examples of women athletes that I could use as role models for my girls.  I wasn't disappointed.

For those who might not know the story line, Bethany Hamilton is a pro surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack.  The movie Soul Surfer tells her story and how she battled back from near-death to become a top surf pro.

The story is full of positive themes-- a strong, supportive family, an encouraging community, and a character who perseveres and moves forward despite tremendous setback.

These strong themes plus the beautiful scenery of Kauai make this film a pleasure.

About the only scene that I didn't like was the one where the shark that supposedly attacked Bethany is killed and brought to the family home.  These sorts of culls don't work, and it's a shame that the movie decided to include a scene like this that will just further a misunderstanding of sharks and shark attacks.

I recommend Soul Surfer to families who are interested in promoting ocean activities to their youngsters.  For those who are interested, the movie trailer is below and a link to the real Bethany Hamilton's website is here.