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Laird Hamilton, “Greatest Surfer in the World”

The surfer everyone loves to hate on Entertainment Tonight

| posted on May 14, 2014

Love him or hate him (or love to hate him), Laird Hamilton lives an interesting life. “The greatest surfer in the world,” as Entertainment Tonight dubbed him, sat down with the Hollywood tabloid to discuss surfing “80-foot, even 100-foot waves,” why he feels at home in Malibu, and stand-up paddling, which he does “most of the time when not doing something else kind of crazy.” And to top it all off, Laird describes how he’d like to be remembered stating, “I hope my legacy is one that I made people believe that they can do things that they didn’t think they could do.”

Can’t get enough Laird Hamilton? Watch him teach NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen how to stand-up paddle.

  • Woody

    Laird is a great Waterman, definitely one of the greats of all time. Especially in the cojones department. He commands respect wherever he goes. I’m not a SUP fan, but to each their own, ride what you enjoy. I have had the privilege of surfing with him in XXL Hanalei Bay and this man is a fearless charger. He is more dominant in large surf.

  • eric

    By far the greatest surfed ever I mean have u seen his round house ?? How about his corked out rotators?? Guy is next level!!!

    • cornelius

      Please tell me you’re joking.

    • Dog

      No way! Lance Berkhard is the greatest!

  • Ethan

    Laird has been a personal role-model for his fitness and wave riding prowess for many years. Though I will never be a great surfer like Laird, his example of pushing the limits and re-defining boundaries will always be inspiring for those who dare…

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  • angriestdogintheworld

    Hamilton is one of those few surfers who has given the world an “Oh, my God” moment, which he did surfing the Millennium Wave. He’s not the only one, though—other surfers have also done amazing things. But that moment is my favorite, so Hamilton will always be the greatest to me.

  • freerider

    3 replies, maybe no one really cares who is best or isn’t. Maybe they are more concerned about catching their own waves. Maybe there is hope for the tribe.


    pure shit

  • priderules@yahoo.com

    i wonder what kind of reaction laird would’ve had 20-30 years ago if you told him that one day he’d say “there’s no place i’d rather be than malibu.” many moons ago i remember him saying something to the effect of “the dilemma is staying true to yourself, and still being able to eat.” he’s labeled a sellout among many, but his family is well taken care of, so i’m sure he’s at peace w/ his choices over the past 15 years. anyone else remember “i don’t want to frolic in stillness. i want to be solid, and then i want to be gone.”

    the animal has been tamed.

  • freerider

    Well, about 5 good comments, seems nobody really cares much who might be best or not best. Maybe they are just too busy catching and riding their owns waves to really care. Maybe there really is hope for the tribe. Peace….

  • whamo

    Laird was years ahead of everyone else. He deserves more respect than the surfing world has given him.