‘Soul Surfer’ Actor Visiting City as Part of Tour

‘Soul Surfer’ Actor Visiting City as Part of Tour


One of the actors from the upcoming film “Soul Surfer” will be in Winnipeg this fall as part of a cross-Canada tour.

Sonya Balmores stars in the film based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, who at the age of 13 lost her left arm to a shark attack. The movie details the events surrounding Hamilton’s experience and her struggle during the aftermath.

The film has a personal meaning to Balmores, who is a fellow surfer herself. From Kauai, the surfer-turned model/actress plays Melina Birch, Bethany’s nemesis in the movie.

“I remember Bethany’s accident like it was 9/11,” said Balmores. “You just never ever forget a moment like that. We live on a small island so news travels fast. Oddly enough it was Halloween and I got a text message asking everyone to pray for Bethany because she was in the hospital after getting attacked by a shark.”

Other actors in the flick include Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid and Carrie Underwood.

Sonya has partnered with World Vision Canada for a cross-country tour to several Canadian cities to speak about her experience and help promote the movie.

She will be in Winnipeg on Monday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Empire Grant Park 8 Cinemas — where the free screening of “Soul Surfer” will take place. For tickets to the screening, e-mail your name, phone number, city and how many tickets you require to soulsurfer@worldvision.ca.

— With files from Alicia Pereira