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In 2003, 13-year-old Hawaiian surfer Bethany Hamilton lost her arm in a shark attack off Kauai's north shore.
After several surgeries she returned to the water, stood on a surtboard within 30 days, excelled in several contests and took first place in a national competition in 2005. In 2007, she turned pro.
All very uplifting, but not enough material for a film, according to helmer Sean McNamara and producer David Brookwell, partners in Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, who are surfers and makers of several water-themed TV shows. They had to delve deeper to find elements of tension for the picture they made based on Hamilton's book, "Soul Surfer," which was targeted …