Laird Hamilton
Laird Hamilton
Laird Hamilton is an American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in surfing, and an occasional fashion and action-sports model. He is married to Gabrielle Reece, a professional volleyball player, television personality, and model. Hamilton and his family split their time between residences in Kauai, Hawaii, and Malibu, California.
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Surfing icon Laird Hamilton shares his 10-point plan to live forever
LATimes - 9 months
Perpetual youth is a whimsical notion suited to screen writers and 16th century Spanish explorers but a career requirement for Laird Hamilton. In the ocean as many as five hours most days, the inventor of tow-in big-wave surfing, modern-day stand-up paddleboarding and hydrofoil surfing uses a unique...
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Surfer Laird Hamilton says his new menswear line is 'for guys like me ... the X Generation'
LATimes - over 1 year
Even before expanding his brand beyond the water's surface, world-renowned surfer Laird Hamilton was a multi-tasking multi-hyphenate, credited with popularizing tow-in surfing, hydrofoil boarding and stand-up paddle boarding. Now his name graces movie credits ("The Descendants"), book covers (his...
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The 10 Most Influential Surfers of All Time
Huffington Post - about 3 years
From surfing's early beginnings as the "Sport of Kings" in Hawaii, it has held a certain sway over spectators and participants alike. While estimates of the number of surfers worldwide vary wildly (from 5 million to 23 million), there are a select few that, for one reason or another, have left an indelible mark on surfing. The interesting thing is that in most cases, it's not so much for the actual act of surfing, but for what they did to significantly alter the course of things to come. From the Duke to Gidget, this is a list of a 10 of surfing's most influential people. #1. The Duke Duke Kahanamoku is hailed as the father of modern surfing. A full-blooded Hawaiian from Honolulu, Hawaii, the Duke is responsible for spreading a view of surfing that has since soaked into the masses and stuck fast. Born in 1890, the original Beach Boy was the first of five children, all of which turned into extraordinary watermen in their own right. Kahanamoku however, was head and shoulders above ...
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Huge Surf On North Shore Of Oahu Shows You Don't Have To Go To Nazaré To See Nature's Fury
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A possibly 100-foot wave off Nazaré, Portugal made headlines on Monday when two Brazilian surfers squared off against the behemoth. Maya Gabeira wiped out, broke her ankle and would have drowned had Carlos Burle not found her and brought her back to shore. Burle made it down the wave, but claims that he broke the world record for largest wave ever surfed have met criticism from surf veterans like Laird Hamilton, who say that since Burle got hit by the wave at the end of the ride, he only “wiped out on the biggest wave ever ridden.” Others say it is impossible to measure the wave in the first place, since Nazaré’s unique shape leaves it without a trough, and customary wave measurement is done from the crest to the trough. Well, make your own opinions about what happened on Monday or any other day at Nazaré. While Portugal gets the limelight this week, unmistakably gigantic surf on Oahu’s North Shore has been ridden without technicality squabbles for decades. Each winter, swells reac ...
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Was this 'wipeout of the year'?
CNN - over 3 years
Carlos Burle may have surfed a 100 foot wave, but longboard legend Laird Hamilton says he didn't finish the ride.
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Hamilton queries record
CNN - over 3 years
Surfing great Laird Hamilton describes the dangers and thrills of riding a monster wave.
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Noah riding wave of good health
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Bulls center cites work with surfer Hamilton in recovering from plantar fasciitis If a Bull is name-dropping Laird Hamilton and a French osteopath as offseason training aids, it's a safe bet Joakim Noah is talking.     
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Cyrus Saatsaz: WaXed Episode 10 -- Peter Mel
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WaXed is a surf talk radio show hosted by Cyrus Saatsaz and former professional surfer Omar Etcheverry that airs Saturday mornings from 11 AM -- Noon on ESPN 1700 in Southern California. This week's episode features an exclusive interview with big wave surfer Peter Mel who joined the show to talk about winning a surf contest at Maverick's, the impact of the ASP taking over the Big Wave World Tour, webcast commentating ASP World Tour events, what being the brand manager with Quiksilver entails and whether rumors of economic troubles at the surf company are true, winning the Big Wave World Tour, and his plans for possibly taking over his family's surf shop and recaps an exciting week in surfing news including more information regarding the ASP merging with the Big Wave World Tour, Kelly Slater's passion for mixed martial arts, the state of California wanting to start charging Northern Californians for parking at the beach and increasing parking prices at Southern California ...
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Tamsin Smith: Prisms of Possibility
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Janet Echelman's sculpture in Amsterdam in 201. Photo: B. Visbeek "Yet the absence of the imagination had / Itself to be imagined" So declares Wallace Stevens in his poem "The Plain Sense of Things." What I take from these words is that whether or not we acknowledge the interpenetration of the actual and the perceived, the world is indeed what we make of it. The words remind us that we actively participate in defining reality even when -- and perhaps especially when -- we place limits upon what is possible. The very essence of Stevens' beguiling poetry is its refusal to be tethered. The verse is challenging to those who seek defined meaning and rules of interpretation. The poems seem to float above the laws of gravity. His verses are nothing if not a chorus of clouds refusing to lie still on solid ground. Yet, herein lie their mysterious magnificence. If the reader suspends the need to tie down a poem's ethereal grandeur by "understanding" it, the rewards can b ...
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Cyrus Saatsaz: WaXed Episode 8 - Carissa Moore
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WaXed is a surf talk radio show hosted by Cyrus Saatsaz and former professional surfer Omar Etcheverry that airs Saturday mornings from 10-11 AM on ESPN 1700 in Southern California. This week's episode features an exclusive interview with professional surfer Carissa Moore who joined the show to talk about being the youngest female surfer in competitive history to win an ASP Women's World Title, her thoughts about competing in men's contests, why she decided to stay in high school and get her degree before starting her professional career, reaching the top of Surfer's Hot 100 list, the influence of her father, dating her high school sweetheart and the importance of being a well rounded individual which includes having friends and interests outside of surfing and recaps an exciting week in surfing news including a man being sued by a woman for hitting her in the face with his surfboard after he wasn't wearing a leash, Laird Hamilton's wife Gabrielle Reece saying that being submi ...
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Gabrielle Reece Opens Up About 'Submissiveness' Comment
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The beach's tannest and most enviable couple -- pro-volleyball player Gabrielle Reece and surfing superstar Laird Hamilton -- have been married for 17 years. They have two daughters together and one teenage daughter from Laird's first marriage. Reece recently wrote a memoir titled "My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper," about her marriage, the couple's misses and failures, as well as their most cherished lessons on living happily together and how it make it all work. But one statement in the book set off a firestorm of media reaction last month. Reece wrote, “to truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and –- look out, here it comes –- submissive.” HuffPost LA spoke with Reece on the phone from her home in Kauai, Hawaii, to find out if she still stands by her submissiveness statement, how she got into a scuffle with Katie Couric and why fairy tales aren't meant to come true. The Huffington Post: Your comments about femininity and submissiveness received quite ...
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Gabrielle Reece, Laird Hamilton's Wife, Says Being 'Submissive' Is A Sign Of Strength (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Volleyball star Gabrielle Reece and pro surfer Laird Hamilton have been married for 17 years, and Reece recently revealed the controversial secret to their successful relationship: creating an "old fashioned" dynamic. In appearances on the "Today" show and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" Friday, Reece explained that she and Hamilton considered divorcing after four years of marriage. But their relationship improved when they learned how to complement each other by adopting more traditional gender roles. “I think the idea of living with a partner is ‘How can I make their life better?'" Reece told "Today's" Natalie Morales. “So if I’m the woman and he’s the man, then yes, that’s the dynamic. I’m willing and I choose to serve my family and my husband because it creates a dynamic where he is then in fact acting more like a man and masculine and treating me the way I want to be treated." Read More... More on Celebrity Weddings
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Gabrielle Reece: I choose to serve my husband - almost 4 years
Up is down. Black is white. And, according to Gabby Reece, submissive is strong. In an interview Friday on the "Today" show, Reece, who is married to surfing superstar Laird Hamilton, discussed her new book "My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper" and went at least a few shades of grey by declaring her submissiveness. Reece, who was OF COURSE introduced as a "mother, model and former pro beach volleyball star" in that order, explains in the book, "to truly be feminine means being soft, receptive and – look out, here it comes – submissive." Continue Reading...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Happy Spring everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 20, 2013 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits A new meaning to "one and done." The defending NCAA champs Kentucky were knocked out in the first round of the N.I.T. last night by Robert Morris, 59-57. North Carolina A&T and St. Mary's were winners last night in the first two NCAA basketball games. Tonight in Dayton, James Madison plays L.I.U. and Boise State plays La Salle. President Obama picked two #1 seeds, Louisville and Indiana, a # 2 seed, Ohio State and a #3 seed Florida to reach the Final Four. He picks Indiana to win it all. The Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic beating Puerto Rico 3-0. Robinson Cano of the Yankees was the MVP. 2. Crime and Punishment When James Madison takes on L.I.U. tonight the Dukes will be without their leading scorer and rebounder for the first 20 minutes. Rayshawn Goins was arrested Sunday for obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct. T ...
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Giving Glide to Legendary 'Guns'
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
A master surfboard shaper, Mr. Brewer has designed boards for such surfing legends as Laird Hamilton and Garrett McNamara,
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A rising tide for stand-up paddleboarding
LATimes - over 4 years
Not many people had heard of stand-up paddleboarding until 10 years ago, when surfing star Laird Hamilton started catching gigantic waves standing on an oversized surfboard that he propelled with a long outrigger kayak paddle. But SUP, as it's known, didn't become today's hottest aquatic sport until average folk like Jeff Golden and Tracy Hartman started doing it out of the surf zone.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Laird Hamilton
  • 2015
    Age 50
    In the 2015 film Point Break, Hamilton played a surf vagabond tossing a tow rope to Utah, played by Luke Bracey.
    More Details Hide Details Appeared on the television show FitTVs "Insider Training" with his wife
  • 2012
    Age 47
    In February, 2012, Hamilton was featured in Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)'s production of Oprah Presents Master Class, in which he shared his life and life philosophies with the audience.
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    On January 13, 2010, Hamilton and wife Reece appeared as themselves on the episode "Gary Feels Tom Slipping Away" of the CBS television series Gary Unmarried.
    More Details Hide Details He was a special guest star as himself in the animated television show Phineas and Ferb. He was also interviewed as part of the Australian documentary Bra Boys: Blood is Thicker than Water. Hamilton had a minor role as Troy in The Descendants. Hamilton also was the Celebrity on the Volvo Ocean Race Boat Puma Powered by Berg. He did a spectacular exit off the boat by diving off it as it was at full speed.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    In 2007, Hamilton, along with his wife Gabrielle Reece, appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round of competition, Hamilton matched up against tennis star Serena Williams and former NFL quarterback John Elway. Hamilton was eliminated in episode 5. He appeared in the Sundance Channel television show Iconoclasts with Eddie Vedder from the popular American rock band Pearl Jam. Footage of Hamilton is used on the video for Dayvan Cowboy from Boards of Canada. In 2003, he was featured in Dana Brown's surf documentary Step Into Liquid.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    He appeared on the cover of the Men's Journal April 2006 issue.
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    In October 2006, Hamilton and Dave Kalama biked and paddled the entire Hawaiian Island chain—more than 450 miles—in a week.
    More Details Hide Details The feat was featured on Don King's film, A Beautiful Son, in support of those afflicted with autism.
  • 2004
    Age 39
    Hamilton was a central figure in the 2004 documentary Riding Giants about giant wave surfing; and the opening sequence of the 2002 James Bond movie Die Another Day, as Pierce Brosnan's big-wave surfing double (shared with Dave Kalama).
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in Waterworld, as Kevin Costner's stunt double in numerous water scenes.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    Hamilton's drop into Tahiti's Teahupoo break on the morning of August 17, 2000 firmly established him in the recorded history of surfing.
    More Details Hide Details Teahupoo is a particularly hazardous shallow-water reef break southeast of the Pacific Island of Tahiti. On that day, with a larger than normal ocean swell, Darrick Doerner piloted the watercraft, towing Hamilton. Pulling in and releasing the tow rope, Hamilton drove down into the well of the wave's enormous tunnel vortex, in full view of boat-based photographers' and videographers' cameras. With his signature artistic flair, Hamilton continued deeply carving water, emerging back over the wave's shoulder. A still photograph of him riding the wave made the cover of Surfer magazine, with the caption: "oh my god " The wave became known as "the heaviest ever ridden". In the filmed coverage of this event in the motion picture Riding Giants, Doerner said "I towed him onto this wave. And it was to the point where I almost said 'Don't let go of the rope,' and when I looked back he was gone."
  • 1999
    Age 34
    In 1999 Hamilton sailed his windsurfer between the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Kauai, some fifty miles away, in just under six hours.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton has also experimented with the foilboard, an innovative surfboard which incorporates hydrofoil technology allowing a higher degree of precision and effectiveness of aerial techniques within the water. He has become a proponent of Stand up paddle surfing, an ancient Hawaiian technique that requires a longboard and a long-handled paddle, as well as considerable skill, strength and agility. Purist surfers have blasted him for this, but Hamilton calls it a return to the traditional Hawaiian way of surfing, as practiced by King Kamehameha I and his queen Kaahumanu almost three hundred years ago.
  • 1996
    Age 31
    In 1996 Hamilton and Manu Bertin were instrumental in demonstrating and popularizing kitesurfing off the Hawaiian coast of Maui.
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    In 1996, People magazine named Hamilton one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, and in the same year Hamilton pushed for and took from his future wife the correspondent position for the syndicated cable series 'The Extremists'.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989 Reece had been named by Elle magazine as one of the Five Most Beautiful Women in the World. By the late 1990s, Hamilton continued with windsurfing, waterskiing and kitesurfing.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    In 1995 Hamilton met women's professional volleyball player and New York fashion model Gabrielle Reece in Los Angeles, California after a television interview. They later married on November 30, 1997.
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    Hamilton appeared as Kevin Costner's stunt double during the 1995 filming of Waterworld.
    More Details Hide Details Reportedly, Hamilton was nearly lost at sea when his Kawasaki Jet Ski ran out of gas during a squall. He then drifted for hours before being rescued by Coast Guard off the Island of Maui. Hamilton commuted daily to the inclosed set between Maui and the Big Island by jet ski.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    In late 1992, Hamilton with two of his close friends, big wave riders Darrick Doerner and Buzzy Kerbox (also an occasional men's fashion model; Hamilton and Kerbox later lost their friendship over a property disagreement), started using inflatable boats to tow one another into waves which were too big to catch under paddle power alone.
    More Details Hide Details This innovation is chronicled in the documentary film, Riding Giants. The technique would later be modified to use personal water craft and become a popular innovation. Tow-in surfing, as it became known, pushed the confinements and possibilities of big wave surfing to a new level. Although met with mixed reactions from the surfing community, some of whom felt that it was cheating and polluting, Hamilton explained that tow-in surfing was the only way to catch the monstrous sized waves. Using tow-in surfing methods, Hamilton learned how to survive waves and carving arcs across walls of water.
  • 1987
    Age 22
    In the 1987 movie North Shore, Hamilton played the violent, antagonistic role of "Lance Burkhart".
    More Details Hide Details Despite further success in modeling during the 1980s, Hamilton, with his professional surfing upbringing, always intended a life of surfing, but continued to reject the professional contest circuit. In 1989 Laird featured in windsurfing movie "Moving Target" alongside Fred Haywood. Moving Target clip on stableroad An early attempt at media recognition was his quest to be the first surfer to complete a 360 degree loop while strapped to his board. The attempt was chronicled in Greg Stump's 1990 ski film, Groove - Requiem in the key of Ski. In the early 1990s, Hamilton, along with a small group of friends collectively dubbed the "Strapped Crew" because their feet were strapped to their boards, pushed the boundaries of surfing at Jaws surf break off the north central coast of Maui. The Strapped Crew tackled bigger waves featuring stunts. Stunts included: launching jumps on sailboards, then mating the boards to paragliders to experiment with some of the earliest kiteboards.
  • 1983
    Age 18
    At 17, Hamilton was discovered on a beach in Kauai by a photographer from the Italian Men's Vogue magazine L'Uomo Vogue which landed him a modeling contract and later a 1983 photo shoot with the actress Brooke Shields.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton continued to do occasional men's action sportswear print modeling. In 2008 Hamilton announced his own "Wonderwall" line of affordable clothing, sold through Steve & Barry's until that retailer shut down at the end of January 2009. He has had long-time sponsorship from the French beachwear company Oxbow surfwear. By the age of 17, Hamilton had become an accomplished surfer and could have left modeling to pursue a career on surfing's World Championship Tour. However, competitive surfing and contests never appealed to Hamilton, who had watched his father Bill endure the competitive surfing contest politics and the random luck of the waves in organized championship surfing events. Bill Hamilton regarded surfing more as a work of art, rather than based chiefly on wave-by-wave ride performance scored by judges.
  • 1964
    Born on March 2, 1964.
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