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The Inertia

Bethany Hamilton is a force of nature. You know her story by now. When she was 13 years old, a tiger shark took her arm while surfing on Kauai. It could have been the end of her life. She would be excused if she gave up on her dreams; excused if she shrank into obscurity. But she did not. Quite the opposite, in fact.

After the shark attack, she managed to stay at the top of her game. It’s wildly unlikely that a surfer with one arm would return and compete against the best in the world, but she did just that. The focus of the 2011 film Soul Surfer, she’s done WSL CT events, big wave events, despite the life-changing adversity she’s faced. She’s a lot more than just a surfer though — she’s a mother of three, a public speaker, and an inspiration to thousands.

Bethany Hamilton is supremely successful in all that she does. How, you ask, does she stay as motivated as she is? “I don’t need easy,” she says. “I just need possible.”


Rip Curl decided to create this half-hour class on motivation with her, and it’s full of useful, everyday advice that anyone in the world would benefit from.


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