Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthMarch 2, 1964
SpouseGabrielle Reece, Maria Hamilton
FactWas chosen by director Albert Pyun to replace Dolph Lundgren as He-Man in the unproduced sequel to Masters of the Universe (1987).

Laird Hamilton is an American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in surfing, and model. He is known for riding the largest waves ever surfed.

Hamilton was born on March 2, 1964, in San Diego, California. His parents were both surfers. Hamilton began surfing at a young age and quickly became proficient. He began competing in surfing competitions as a teenager and won several titles.

In the early 1990s, Hamilton and a group of friends pioneered tow-in surfing, which involves being towed into waves by a jet ski. This allowed Hamilton to ride waves that were previously unrideable. He quickly became known as the best tow-in surfer in the world.

Hamilton has been featured in numerous surf movies and documentaries. He has also appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show and 60 Minutes. In addition to surfing, Hamilton is an accomplished kiteboarder and windsurfer.

Hamilton is married to Gabrielle Reece, a professional volleyball player. The couple has two daughters. Hamilton has an estimated net worth of $20 million.

General Info

Full NameLaird Hamilton
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthMarch 2, 1964
Height1.89 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor, Model, Surfer, Inventor


SpouseGabrielle Reece, Maria Hamilton
ChildrenReece Viola Hamilton, Brody Jo Hamilton, Izabella Hamilton
ParentsBill Hamilton, Joann Zyirek, L. G. Zerfas
SiblingsLyon Hamilton


NominationsLaureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year
MoviesPoint Break, The Endless Summer II, North Shore
TV ShowsCubed

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1He is the son of Joann V. (Zyirek) and L. G. Zerfas. The surname "Zerfas" is German.
2Release of his book, "Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul and, of course, Surfing". [2008]
3Daughter, Brody Jo Hamilton, born 2 January 2008, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
4As a small boy, he introduced his mother to his stepfather, after having met Bill Hamilton on a Hawaiian beach.
5Was chosen by director Albert Pyun to replace Dolph Lundgren as He-Man in the unproduced sequel to Masters of the Universe (1987).
6Had a daughter, Izabella, with Maria in 1995.
7Has one daughter with Gabrielle Reece, named Reece, born October 2003.
8Met his wife when she interviewed him about big wave surfing as a host for the TV series The Extremists (1995).
9Is widely considered to be the greatest big wave surfer in history.
10Revolutionizing surfing with a sport he calls Foilboarding. A surfboard with foot straps has a hydrofoil attached underneath so that at speed the board rises out of the water making it much more maneuverable.
11Stepson of '60s surf legend Bill Hamilton.
12Mother, Joan (also a surfer) gave birth to him in a "bathysphere" as part of an experiement at UC Med Center in San Fransisco.
13Left school at 16 to take up modeling.
14Stepfather Bill Hamilton is a surfboard shaper.
15Known for surfing the monster waves, having been a pioneer of using jet skis to tow surfers into huge waves. Big wave accomplishments: the "Millennium" in Teahupoo, Tahiti in 2000 and "Jaws" in Maui in 2002
16Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world [1996]




Point Break2015Surf Vagabond (as Laird Hamilton)
Air New Zealand Presents a Safety Safari2015Short
The Descendants2011Troy Cook (as Laird Hamilton)
Cubed2011TV SeriesLaird Hamilton
Hawaiian Watermen1999
North Shore1987Lance Burkhart (as Laird Hamilton)


Riding Giants2004Documentary executive producer - as Laird Hamilton
Laird2001Video documentary producer


Die Another Day2002specialist surfer - as Laird Hamilton / surfing coordinator - as Laird Hamilton


Waterworld1995stunts - as Laird J. Hamilton


AmeriCarna2014TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly2007special thanks - as Laird Hamilton


Spirit of EvolutionDocumentary filmingHimself
American Dad!2016TV SeriesHimself
Oprah's Master Class: Belief Special2015TV MovieHimself
Off Camera with Sam Jones2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Professional Surfer
Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story2014DocumentaryHimself
AmeriCarna2014TV SeriesHimself
Best Ink2014TV SeriesHimself
World of X Games2014TV SeriesHimself
Hell's Kitchen2013TV SeriesHimself - Surf Instructor
Hello! Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2010-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Waiting for Lightning2012DocumentaryHimself (as Laird Hamilton)
Oprah's Master Class2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Finding Joe2011DocumentaryHimself
That First Glide2011DocumentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory2010TV SeriesHimself
Phineas and Ferb2010TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Don't Surf!2010DocumentaryHimself
Going Vertical: The Shortboard Revolution2010DocumentaryHimself (as Laird Hamilton)
Gary Unmarried2010TV SeriesHimself
Inside Teahupoo2008ShortHimself
Water Man2008Documentary
Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race2007TV SeriesHimself
Bra Boys2007DocumentaryHimself (as Laird Hamilton)
Iconoclasts2006TV Series documentary
Listen Up2004TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2004TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2004TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Surfer (segment "Surf's Up")
The Ride/The Day2004VideoHimself
Riding Giants2004DocumentaryHimself
Step Into Liquid2003DocumentaryHimself (as Laird Hamilton)
Inside 'Die Another Day'2003Video documentary shortHimself (as Laird Hamilton)
Ripley's Believe It or Not!2003TV SeriesHimself
Modern Marvels2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Big Wave Surfer
Die Another Day: From Script to Screen2002VideoHimself (as Laird Hamilton)
Laird2001Video documentaryHimself
Nulle part ailleurs2000TV SeriesHimself
Biggest Wednesday: Condition Black2000Video documentaryHimself
The Endless Summer 21994DocumentarySurfer
Style = Shred Plus Soul1993VideoHimself

Archive Footage

Conan2010TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Surfer (segment "Surf's Up")


Nominated Awards

2003Taurus AwardWorld Stunt AwardsBest Specialty StuntDie Another Day (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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