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.

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  1. I’m truly impressed by Laird’s healthy lifestyle. I read his Men’s Journal healthy article every month. I was telling my wife about his health drink concoction of the tumeric and vinegar and how it helps him in the afternoon. I must admit I am a fruit smoothie with whey protein morning guy myself but also do the apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar keeps my Ph balance in check. I’m in my mid -fifties, work out 4 times a week and do yoga 2 times. I’m trying to fit more cardio in.

    At 5-7, 165 lbs people say I look in great shape. I think being half-filipino helps too. Thanks for the great articles.
    Best, James

  2. Dear Laird

    I am writing to you on behalf of Andy Meikle, CEO of the Meikle Files. Andy is a close friend of Layne Beachley’s and she has suggested that you might be willing to speak to Andy for his High Performance Research.

    Andy will be in Hawaii from 18 -29 April and California during May and would be very pleased if you could find the time for an interview, it would take no more than an hour.

    The Meikle Files (www.meiklefiles.com) is a research platform for Andrew, who has spent much of the past two decades studying people who achieve extraordinary results in a wide range of endeavors, gaining insight into the psychology, philosophy and strategy of human high performance globally.

    Andrew is regarded as a leading thinker on human behavior around leadership and high performance. At the centre of his work is a growing body of research built on interviews with many of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers, scientists, physicians, athletes, academics, religious leaders, artists and elite military servicemen and women. Among some 1000 high achieving individuals he’s interviewed are Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela, evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins, adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary, Psychologist Daniel Kahneman and Paul Ekman, athlete Carl Lewis and many leading business figures and CEOs.

    I hope that you might consider this request.

    Best wishes

    Julie McGrath

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