Fourteen years ago, things were not looking promising for Bethany Hamilton after a shark attack cost the 13-year-old surfer her left arm and nearly her life. But thanks to a solid family support system and her unshakeable faith in Jesus Christ, Hamilton returned to the ocean she loved in full-force.
Today, the “Soul Surfer” author is a professional surfer, wife, and mother of two. This week, Hamilton and her husband, Adam Dirks, welcomed their second son, announcing his arrival via an Instagram post Tuesday.
“We are overjoyed to welcome our son Wesley Phillip Dirks into the world!” the photo caption reads. “It’s been a beautiful time getting life started with the four of us! We are thankful to God for our two lil guys!!!”
Dirks and Hamilton were married in 2013, welcoming their first son, Tobias, in 2015.
Faith and family are at the heart of Bethany’s work as an author, speaker, and surfer. Her most recent project, a new documentary called “Unstoppable,” is due to release this summer.
According to the film’s website, “Unstoppable” follows Hamilton’s “journey from childhood into motherhood – the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time.”
In 2016 alone Bethany’s capacity to inspire reached new heights as she beat a six-time world champion and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Bethany is continuously rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete, and brings new meaning to the phrase “Surfs Like a Girl.”
As I filmed my documentary, @unstoppablethefilm Unstoppable (coming out this year!), my family and I traveled to some amazing places! We compiled our favorite photos from the journey and paired them up with some BTS stories and encouraging food-for-thought. I want all of you to be the first to know, we put them into a new book! Let me introduce you to Be Unstoppable: The Art of Never Giving Up. We hope the book inspires everyone to enjoy life, passionately pursue their dreams, and press on no matter what they’re going through. And isn’t this message important for kids too? For sure! So Adam and I wrote a kids picture book (which was so much fun), Unstoppable Me, and it’s Tobias approved! Both books come out JUNE 5 and are available for preorder now. Click the link in my profile to preorder from @barnesandnoble! #BeUnstoppable #Zondervan #Zonderkidz
Last month, Hamilton and Dirks announced that Bethany’s inspiring tale of perseverance in the face of immense challenges is now a children’s book. In an Instagram post, Hamilton noted that the picture book is “Tobias approved.” “Unstoppable Me” will be available in bookstores everywhere June 5.