Laird Hamilton is best known as an American big-wave surfer and pioneer in the world of action water sports. In addition to his affinity for the water, Laird is labeled as an inventor, author, stunt man, model, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition expert, husband, father and adrenaline junkie.
At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Laird is unique in the way that he balances flexibility and strength. A renowned innovator and guiding genius of crossover board sports including tow-in-surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and hydrofoil boarding, Laird is the essential Water Man, continuously pushing the limits and expanding all possibilities.
Over the last decade, Laird has transcended from surfing becoming 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, professional volleyball player and TV personality, Gabrielle Reece, Laird created Extreme Performance Training (XPT). XPT is a unique and powerful fitness training and lifestyle program featuring their unique water workouts, performance breathing, recovery methods, high-intensity and endurance training for people of all fitness levels and backgrounds.
In addition to the hands-on fitness teachings Laird offers, he released his first book in 2008, Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing (Rodale Books), which has become the go-to manual for those seeking inspiration for leading a healthy lifestyle; the book hit the New York Times Bestseller list within two weeks of publication. Laird is also a contributing editor for Men’s Journal, where he writes about his own fitness, health and nutrition philosophies.
0:00 | Introduction
1:00 | Brian Rose introduces Laird Hamilton
2:52 | Laird Hamilton talks about how he sees the ocean as his teacher
4:45 | Laird discusses the benefits of swimming
15:00 | Brian discusses Alex Honnold and how surfing and climbing share a similar flow state
20:50 | Brian discusses a Joe Rogan episode featuring Laird’s wife
23:46 | Laird states that true happiness is linked to being of service
31:00 | Laird talks about his journey in surfing
39:00 | Laird discusses what it was like to live in Hawaii
50:00 | Brian asks Laird about the moment he knew he’d stumbled onto something epic with big wave surfing
1:00:00 | Laird discusses the pursuit of innovation
1:05:10 | Brian asks Laird if there is a formula to deal with fear
1:16:00 | Laird talks about surfing Teahupoo
1:21:33 | Brian asks Laird about the Extreme Performance training
1:28:00 | Laird talks about the positive effects of saunas and breath work
1:30:24 | Laird talks about his diet
1:39:27 | Laird discusses surfing Nazaré in Portugal
1:47:00 | Laird talks about the advice he’d give his younger self
1:52:58 | Brian sums up
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