At 6’3”, 215 pounds, with an uncommon combination of balance, flexibility, and strength, Laird Hamilton is truly a “larger than life” athlete. Not only is he the quintessential big wave surfer, Laird is also known as a world renowned “innovator”, and guiding genius of crossover board sports including tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding.
In addition to riding many of the biggest waves on the planet, Laird has produced and appeared in a number of surfing films, including Radical Attitude (1992), Wake Up Call (1996), Step into Liquid, (2003) and most recently the surfing documentary Riding Giants (2004) where he appeared and served as an executive producer. In addition to his film work, Laird has appeared on numerous television shows such as Oprah’s Master Class, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Over the last decade Laird has transcended surfing to become an international fitness icon and nutrition expert. Many of today’s top professional athletes, such as NBA All Star Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, look to Laird for training guidance, including instruction in his unique underwater resistance workouts – XPTLIFE.COM.
Laird is also a bestselling author. His first book, FORCE OF NATURE: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing has become the go-to manual for people seeking inspiration for a healthy lifestyle. He is also a contributing editor to the popular men’s lifestyle magazine, Men’s Journal, where he writes about his own fitness, health and nutrition philosophies.
Laird’s passion for helping others live happy, healthy lives is also exhibited through his work with various charities such as Race Across America, Pipeline for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, Rain Catcher, and Muscular Dystrophy. In addition, Laird has also pledged his support to the Surfrider Foundation and joined other celebrities for City Of Hope’s Citizen of Hope campaign.
Laird lives with his family on the Hawaiʻian island of Kauaʻi six months out of the year during surfs’ swell season and during the off season, they relocate to Malibu, California.