Laird Hamilton is an American athlete, surfer, author, inventor, stunt man, model, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition expert, husband, father and adrenaline junkie.  He is regarded as one of todays best known big wave surfers.  But at 6’3”, 215 pounds, with an uncommon combination of balance, flexibility, and strength, Laird Hamilton is unique.  In addition to riding many of the biggest waves on the planet, Laird is known as the world-renowned innovator and guiding genius of crossover board sports including tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding. In short, Laird Hamilton is the essential Water Man.

Over the last decade Laird has transcended surfing to become an international fitness icon and nutrition expert. Many of today’s top professional athletes and celebrities look to Laird for training guidance, including instruction in his unique underwater resistance workouts.  Partnering with his wife, pro-volleyball player and TV personality Gabby Reece, along with Crossfit Endurance founder and author Brian Mackenzie, Laird created XPT–a unique and powerful fitness training and lifestyle program featuring these unique water workouts, performance breathing, recovery methods, and high-intensity fitness and endurance training for both elite athletes and those seeking every day fitness. Laird’s first book, Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing (Rodale Books, 2008), has become the go-to manual for people seeking inspiration for a healthy lifestyle and hit the New York Times Bestseller list within two weeks of publication. He is also a contributing editor for Men’s Journal, where he writes about his own fitness, health and nutrition philosophies.

Laird has also appeared in a number of feature films and surfing documentaries including Radical Attitude (1992), Wake Up Call (1996), Step into Liquid, (2003), Riding Giants (2004) where he also served as executive producer, and as a stunt man or surfer in The Decendants (2014), Water World (1995), Die Another Day (2002) and Point Break (2015).  In addition to his film work, Laird has appeared on numerous television shows such as Oprah’s Master Class, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, Chelsea Handler, Conan O’Brien, Steven Colbert, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Laird has a passion for helping others live happy, healthy lives, as exhibited through his work with charities such as the Surfrider Foundation, Race Across America, Pipeline for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, Rain Catcher, Muscular Dystrophy and City Of Hope.

Laird lives with wife Gabrielle Reece and their daughters on the Hawaiʻian island of Kauaʻi six months out of the year during surfs’ swell season and during the offseason, in Malibu, California.

Follow Lairds official social media pages as follows:

Facebook:   @LairdLife

Twitter:  @LairdLife

Instagram:  @LairdHamiltonSurf

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  • 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

  • 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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