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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

Surfing icon Laird Hamilton offers inspiration to anyone who wants to elevate their ordinary, landlocked lives to do extraordinary things. 

“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, Grammy Award-winning lead vocalist of Pearl Jam) 

Millions of us increasingly seek happiness in fads and self-help books, reaching upward every day toward some enlightened state that we wish to attain. Laird Hamilton is more intent on looking inward and appreciating the brilliant creatures 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. 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 coauthor, 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.

Praise for Liferider

“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. He shows us that the deeper we puncture into life, the more vibrant the colors get. The Laird Hamilton I know - real, faulty, moody, deeply loving, and communal - comes through on every page of Liferider.” (Josh Brolin, award-winning actor)

©2019 Laird Hamilton and Julian Borra (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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) 

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It’s raw , unfiltered and real

No fluff and cuts to the core of being genuine to yourself with what’s real and what matters

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Interesting insights into a man's mindset

This was interesting insofar as giving insights into the philosophies by which Laird leads his life. Unfortunately, much of this is based upon often dogmatic opinion and not necessarily backed up by clear research. He has his heart in the right place but started to preach a little too much when purporting to be knowledgeable about topics such as climate change. This could be dangerous to the listener who takes this as fact and fails to make robust investigations themselves. Additionally, the sections from Gabee were really just exultations about how special her husband is. There was no real balance explaining his foibles (we all have them) and how he overcomes those. Apart from the self-grandiosement, it was a good listen

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  • 27-03-2019

Nothing Earth Shattering

Maybe my expectations were too high for this book by Laird who I see as a superhero. I have tons of respect and admiration for what he's accomplished as an athlete and human being. The book delves into many topics including; Hawaiin traditions, technology, entrepreneurship, health, spirituality and the environment. The common theme is about how all this "stuff" (a word that was so overused It became annoying) is interconnected. Even though part of the subtitle is "Life Beyond the Ocean" he winds up talking about the ocean quite a bit! All in all this book was just OK

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  • Rick Killpack
  • 02-04-2019

Inspirational on many levels... thank you!

From the massive ocean and environment, down to our own physical bodies, the importance of how we live and respect our Earth as well as ourselves ...has been laid before us in this book... thank you for this well written inspiring work ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rick K.

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  • Aaron LaRue
  • 29-11-2020

A great book on the philosophy of one of the worlds top athletes

Great book and great insight into the philosophy that drives one of the worlds most incredible athletes. Not just some shallow pointers on how to “be Laird”, more so the underlying philosophy that drives the man. Great insights from his wife Gabby Reece, an incredible athlete herself. From spiritual connection to business philosophy this book covers many parts of this complex man. A great book for anyone interested in what drives one of the worlds greatest big wave surfers.

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  • Bryant Melton
  • 29-09-2020

Tremendous Lessons from one of Earth’s baddest Mofos

Loved this book! I hate a biographical book that just tries to make the person sound cooler than they actually are and I’ve heard/read quite a few of those. This wasn’t about putting Laird’s ego in print but more about spreading the vital lessons that he has learned throughout his life. Everyone should read this book from CEOs of major corporations to confused teenagers wondering where to find purpose. Thanks to all involved! Ohana! 🤙🏽

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  • Drew2016
  • 09-08-2020

Inspired Insights from a Legendary Human

Really great listen with various insights that are prescient and powerful. Laird gets to the heart of being human in the 21st Century through the soul of the ocean and the pursuit of meaningful entrepreneurship.

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  • Dylan
  • 07-10-2019

Not what you expect

This isn’t Laird on foils or SUP. It’s his philosophy on connectedness. It’s not a bro-ography nor is it a blog book (can we stop the cheater reviews calling books “blog posts”?). Enjoyed it, learned some things, appreciated the message. Only wished he would have narrated, but folks get busy. Worth the listen!

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  • Suzanne Breder
  • 15-07-2019

Connect with the Earth!

This book was written by someone we can all admire for sharing his spin on how the world spins. It is very timely as we are all so connected to each other and the Earth as a living organism part of the vibrant Universe. Read up so you can connect more with Planet Ocean and become a more active part of the amazing energy it exudes.

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  • Jimmy P
  • 11-07-2019

Insightful on so many levels...

Great insights for personal lifestyles and environmental awareness. Just as fascinating is presentation of Laird as a tortured soul always seeking and never finding serenity.

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  • Ak10
  • 30-04-2019

Thanks Laird

Thanks for the journey into your life Laird. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of this book.

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  • Wesley
  • 04-04-2019

Enjoyable but could be better

I really liked the message of the book. I've never set foot on a surfboard but as an replace surfing with ultrarunning and ocean with woods and I think we have a lot in common. A lot of the same issues when it comes to performance and environment. So maybe my review is a bit subjective. Because looking at it objectively, it's all over the place. From developing boards, to breathing, family and the environment. I think for a lot of people this book misses structure. Personally I like the chaotic approach. Sometimes there is a lot of wisdom in rambling. And the whole book feels like a lot of talk loosely structured in a somewhat of a coherent story. Basically things that are on Laird's mind. And I think he has a lot of interesting things to say. Thinking of a lot of things we all should think about. What I didn't like about the book are the Laird quotes. They are unnecessary. And often are in the form how great Laird is. The interruptions by Gabby could be way better. They shine when they are longer and have some anekdotes. But sometimes they are just "Laird is intense". Okay... But to conclude I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2019

Lairds story and is outlook on life is awesome

Laird shares a outlook of love as he shares his story. Great book, really enjoyed, thanks Laird.

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  • SI
  • 15-03-2019

Good but short

Enjoyed it. has some nice insights but wanted more of a biography of laird and his exploits.

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