The big news in surfing this week has nothing to do with riding waves and everything to do with wedding bells.
Bethany Hamilton, the celebrity athlete whose life story was made into the 2011 feature film, "Soul Surfer," has found her soul mate and the two plan to get married this summer.
As reported Monday by GrindTv.com, the Hamilton family did not announce the engagement. But Bethany and Adam (no last name provided) used her Facebook page and website to reveal the happy news.
Bethany, 23, who 10 years ago lost her left arm to a shark while surfing near her home on Kauai, posted on Facebook: "One year ago today, I met an amazing man, now we will spend the rest of our lives together and I'm so excited! I love you Adam!"
The two met met through Bethany's church on Kauai. A date has not been set but Becky Hamilton, Bethany's sister and personal assistant, said the two plan to be married this summer.
"I know Adam and I are right for each other and that God has us together for Him," Bethany wrote. "Neither of us is perfect, but in my eyes Adam is just right and I'm thankful to have someone so perfectly perfect to share life with as one."
Adam also posted his sentiments on Bethany's website.
"Right away I could tell she was pretty cool (I mean she jumped a 40-foot cliff into the ocean with me!)," he wrote. "She's down to earth, and I could tell she understood my heart for the Lord and others; I saw her heart as well.
"After hanging out several more times, I felt in my heart that I would like to pursue a relationship with her. On the beautiful Na Pali coast I told Bethany what was on my heart and asked if it was OK to pursue a meaningful closer relationship with her. On accident she said, 'I do!' Haha with a quick, 'I mean yes!' "
The wedding ceremony will be held on Kauai.
--Top image shows Bethany Hamilton with her husband-to-be. Second image shows Hamilton surfing at the Mentawai Islands. Courtesy of Noah Hamilton