Friday, January 14, 2005

Surfer Bethany Hamilton joins screening

'Noah's Arc' will be shown in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Bethany Hamilton poses with the surfboard she was riding when attacked by a shark in 2003.

What's it take to be a world class surfer? Is it the same drive that embodies the soul of Bethany Hamilton, 14, the survivor of a devastating shark attack in which she lost her arm, but continued to pursue the sport?

The surfing movie "Noah's Arc" answers some of these questions as it looks at the life of world-renowned professional surfer Noah Snyder, who grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The movie is being screened at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Community Campus Theater in Hailey. Hamilton is making an appearance as well to autograph her newly released memoir, "Soul Surfer," about growing up surfing and her miraculous recovery from the shark attack.

Shot on location in Hawaii, Florida, Indonesia, Tahiti, Nicaragua and the Outer Banks, "Noah's Arc" also features surfing legends C. J. Hobgood, Damien Hobgood, Matt Beacham and Jesse Hines. The film is educational, humorous and inspirational, and contains tremendous surf footage from some of the most beautiful locations around the world, said Ron Stewart, of Hailey.

Stewart is the Idaho director of Walking on Water, a Christian based company founded by professional surfer Bryan Jennings in 1995. Jennings, who began the company with a surf camp for kids, has gone on to make videos, including "Changes," "Follow the Leader and "The Outsiders." Stewart said all the videos have a spiritual aspect to them, but they're not pushy. "They're clean and family friendly. But surfing is an extreme sport, so it's for anyone who likes extreme sports."

"Noah's Arc" will also be screened at the Roper Auditorium at the Twin Falls High School, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20.

Admission to both events is free.

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