180 Nutrition -The Health Sessions.

This week welcome to the show Laird Hamilton. He 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.

Questions we ask in this episode:

  • Describe your mindset leading up to and during life-threatening pursuits (ie. Jaws, Teahupoʻo)
  • What does your training routine look like (on and off season)?
  •  I’ve read that breathwork has become a large component of your training, why?
  • Do you implement any particular stress-reduction techniques?
  • What can we expect from your new movie ‘Take Every Wave’?
  • And much much more..

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This week, we are doing it with the awesome big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. I have to say, me and Stu were like kids in a candy shop again today. It was just awesome to get Laird on. If you aren't familiar with Laird, he's an American athlete, surfer, author, inventor, stuntman, model, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition expert, husband, father and an adrenaline junkie and- did I say?- big wave surfer. We delve into all sorts, today. His training routines. Of course, Wim Hof, and the breath work, I know he's incorporated that into his routine. Mindset; you know, some of these waves he gets on are bigger than- They're huge, I can't even describe; I get scared on a three foot wave. Nutrition, and so forth.

What was clear about Laird: He's a laid back, top guy, and was just happy to share his message and, hopefully, inspire us to make right choices, because he's a great example of a human being. It was awesome to get Laird on and I have no doubt you're gonna enjoy this today.

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Anyway, let's go over to Laird Hamilton. Enjoy.

Hi, this is Guy Lawrence. I'm joined with Stuart Cook, as always. Hi, Stu.


Hello, mate. How are you?


Very well, thank you. Our awesome guest today is Laird Hamilton. Laird, welcome to the show.


Thank you very much. Appreciate it.


Now, mate, I just have to fill you in a little bit with our backgrounds. Stu knows a phenomenal lot about you. He reads your books and everything, and I literally just discovered last year when I did some work with Wim Hof, so I think we're gonna come at it from two very different angles today, doing the interview.


Perfect. That's the best way.


[00:02:30] First question we ask everyone on the show, mate, because I'm pretty sure we're gonna be exposing you to a lot of new listeners today that might not be familiar with you, and that is, if some stranger stopped you on the street and asked you what you did for a living, what would you say?


Well, in the past, I'd probably say I was a sanitation worker or something. A farmer. Anything but a surfer. Normally, people ask me, what do I do? I say, I surf.


Okay, perfect, perfect. Just to get a little bit of a background, Laird, because I'm not familiar. All I know is that you moved, I think, it was either three or four months old from ... is it San Fran to Hawaii, and then grew up in Hawaii?




What I'm intrigued in, what got you into big wave surfing in the first place? Because I've been learning to surf and anything more than three foot terrifies me, at the moment.


Well, lucky for you, then you get terrified a lot. No, I mean, that's a pretty commonly asked question. I think I'm predisposed to like that environment, to like the thrill and the danger. I think I have a disposition for that. Some of the attributing factors to me becoming a big wave rider, I think it was that the ocean was a place that I found a lot of equality. It was a place where I could ... just leave all the worries of the land behind, and maybe be judged, or kind of let your skill do your talking kind of thing, but, yeah. Big is, just for me, in the evolution of being a surfer, is just the apex. It's like if you're a mountain climber, you either go to the most difficult climbs as you evolve, or you go to the biggest mountain, however it is. I think it's a combination of a bunch of different things, but I have a disposition, and I'm kinda predisposed to like danger.

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