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Bethany Hamilton may be a tough competitor in the water, but on land, the surfing star’s a real softie.

The Soul Surfer author opened up about her recent proposal from boyfriend Adam Dirks, gushing over every romantic detail.

"Adam knew how to please his mermaid," Bethany told People of the her beau’s beachfront proposal.

"We hiked to our favorite quiet beach, munched on lunch and hung out," she said.

"Then we went for a walk to a beautiful garden behind the beach. As we were walking we found two coconuts, my favorite thing to drink, which accompanied the ring. Then he started sharing his heart and love for me, and he dropped on his knee and proposed. I said yes and was crying and laughing all in a jumble. It was beautiful and perfect."

While fans are used to seeing the star in her surfing gear, she isn’t planning on boarding down the aisle. "I look forward to getting extra dolled up for my man,” she said.

Even more than her wedding, devout Christian Bethany says she's anxious to start her life with Adam. "I am so excited for our wedding, but that is only one day to start the rest of our life together," said Bethany. "I'm even more excited to share life on a deeper level faithfully as husband and wife."

Source: People