OCEANSIDE — The recent release of the movie “Soul Surfer,” which chronicles how surfer Bethany Hamilton has overcome the odds of losing an arm to a shark bite, has given travelers a whole new reason to visit Oceanside.
Oceanside’s California Surf Museum is now home to the surfboard that Hamilton was riding on the fateful day the tiger shark took her arm. The surfboard, which includes the massive shark-bite mark, is on long-term loan to the museum.
“It’s a display that will send goose bumps shivering up your spine, but also one that, thanks to the recent release of ‘Soul Surfer,’ provides an inspiring story about meeting adversity head on,” said Julie Cox, operations manager. “We feel extremely lucky that the Hamilton family felt that our museum was the best place for the board.”
In addition to the surfboard, the display also includes the bathing suit she was wearing on the day of the attack and photos of Bethany.
The California Surf Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located at 312 Pier View Way. Call (760) 721-6876, e-mail [email protected] or visit surfmuseum.org. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours Thursdays to 8 p.m.