Liferider (Hardcover)

Heart, Body, Soul, and Life Beyond the Ocean

By Laird Hamilton, Julian Borra

Rodale Books, 9781635652901, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

List Price: 25.99*
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“You can run, swim, dive, fly. You are amazing. You have untapped potential in you that would blow your mind.” —From the introduction
While the world increasingly seeks happiness in fads and self-help books—millions of us reaching upward every day toward some enlightened being that we wish to be—surfing icon Laird Hamilton is more intent on looking inward and appreciating the brilliant creature we already are. In LIFERIDER, Laird uses five key pillars – Death & Fear, Heart, Body, Soul, and Everything is Connected – to illustrate his unique worldview and life practices, offering inspiration to anyone who wants to elevate their ordinary, landlocked life to do extraordinary things.
This is Laird Hamilton in his own words—raw, honest, and unvarnished--on topics he has rarely explored before. Based on extensive interviews and conversations between Laird and his cowriter, Julian Borra, with additional insights from Laird’s wife, pro-volleyball player Gabby Reece, LIFERIDER takes on human resilience, relationships, business, technology, risk-taking, and the importance of respecting the natural world, all through the lens of Laird’s extraordinary life both in and beyond the ocean.

About the Author

Laird Hamilton is regarded as one of the world’s best known big wave surfers. Over the last decade, Laird has transcended surfing to become 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. He has appeared in a number of feature films and documentaries, most recently Take Every Wave, a biographical feature documentary. In addition to his film work, Laird has appeared on numerous television shows including Oprah’s Master Class60 MinutesCONANThe Late Show with Steven Colbert, and Ellen. Laird lives with Gabby and his daughters on the Hawaiian island of Kauai and in Malibu, California
Julian Borra has worked for over thirty years as a creative writer in the media and communications industry at Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, and as the founder of his consulting firm, Thin Air Factory

Praise For Liferider: Heart, Body, Soul, and Life Beyond the Ocean

“When Laird Hamilton surfs, you must watch. When he speaks, I listen. And when he writes a book I’m damn sure gonna read it. Twice.”
--Eddie Vedder

"Laird is a hero, if you want him to be. That’s up to your perception. He challenges himself, and he challenges those around him. I challenge him. He challenges me. We want the color that life has to offer, and it seems that the deeper you puncture into life, the more vibrant the colors get”.
--Josh Brolin

"Laird Hamilton is a true individualist unafraid to carve his own path. These thoughtful mediations offer a unique window — illuminating and inspiring — into one of America's great innovators”.
--Rory Kennedy