Hamilton, Laird

Brawny blond regularfooter from Maui, Hawaii; a unanimous choice as the best big-wave rider of the 1990s and early '00s, and one of the four or five surfers throughout the sport's history to significantly change the manner in which waves are ridden.

Hamilton was born (1964) in San Francisco, California, the son of surfing parents. Laird is Scottish for "lord." His father left the family and joined the Merchant Marines when Laird was five months old; at age two Laird moved to the North Shore ...