Is Laird Hamilton married? Yes, he is. His wife’s name is Gabrielle Reece (born on January 6, 1970) who is a professional volleyball player and a fashion model as well. They tied their knot on November 30, 1997, and has already crossed over two decades of their conjugal life.
They welcomed their first child as a daughter named Reece Viola in October 2003. They extended their family by a welcome a second daughter named Brody Jo on January 1, 2008.
Laird Hamilton has been married twice and his first wife’s name is Maria Souza with whom he had a daughter named Izabela. Maria is a Brazilian clothing designer and bodyboarder. Hamilton and Souza were married in 1992 which ended in 1995. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and biography of Hamilton:
Who is Laird Hamilton?
Born as Laird John Zerfas, he landed the planet on March 2, 1964, which makes his age be 56 years old as of 2020. By profession, he is an American big-wave surfer best known for being the co-inventor of tow-in surfing. He is also contributing as a fashion and action-sports model occasionally. For the 2004 documentary Riding Giants, Hamilton is the central figure and has also made his appearance in various movies’ water scenes including the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
Early Life and Education
Hamilton was born in 1964 and his place of birth is in San Francisco, the United States. Talking about his family background, he was born to the parents named L. G. Zerfas (father) and Joann Zyirek (mother). His father left the family when Laird was below the age of one. After that, Laird’s mother took him to Hawaii.
He met surfer William Stuart “Bill” Hamilton in 1967 as a young child on Pūpūkea beach on the North Shore. Laird became close to Bill Hamilton and invited him to come to his home and meet his mother. Bill who has become an immediate companion to Laird married his then-single mother. This made Laird took his adoptive father’s surname.
After that, the family moved to a remote valley on Kauaʻi island. Laird became blessed with a half-brother named Lyon Hamilton who also developed an interest in surfing. In 1997, his mother died due to a brain aneurysm.
He used to carry an aggressive demeanor around others of his age because of his physical and mental toughness. At the age of seven, he was recorded in a video clip jumping off a 60-foot cliff into deep water. He was enrolled at Kapaa High School but left at eleventh grade to work in construction and pursue a modeling career.
Career and Professional Life
Laird was discovered on a beach in Kauaʻi by Italian Men’s Vogue magazine’s photographer. This made him a secure modeling contract and a big opportunity came when he performed a photoshoot with the actress Brooke Shields (born on May 31, 1965) in 1983. He started doing men’s action sportswear print modeling occasionally.
More than modeling, he prioritized his surfing career and was able to establish himself an accomplished surfer by the age of seventeen. Alongside Fred Haywood, he was featured in windsurfing movie Moving Target released in 1989.
With two of his close friends named Buzzy Kerbox and Darrick Doerner started using innovative inflatable boats to tow one another into waves in late 1992. Using tow-in surfing methods, he became successful to survive 70-foot waves. On the morning of August 17, 2000, he drops into Tahiti’s Teahupoʻo break.
He joined watersports music company H2O Audio as the board of directors in February 2008. He published a book in 2008 where he discussed his philosophy of life. He has also been serving as an environmental activist. The 2004 documentary Riding Giants about giant wave surfing made Hamilton into a central figure.
Laird Hamilton has been married twice. With his first wife Maria Souza, he has a daughter named Izabela. In November 1997, he married volleyball player Gabrielle Reece. With his second wife, Hamilton has two daughters named Reece Viola and Brody Jo.
American big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton has a tall height of 6 feet and 3 inches or 1.91m. He weighs about 98 kilograms of 215 lbs. His masculine physique is the result of his maintained diet and regular workout activities.
Laird Hamilton Diet
He starts his day with a coffee with three or four shots of dark-roast espresso. His lunch is filled with high-quality animal protein and gives special priority to vegetables. He eats his dinner with the wife that includes having smoked or roasted meat and vegetables. He enjoys his dinner with the flavors of finger, curry and turmeric. To get hydrated, he often consumes coconut or mineral water. His diet also includes nuts which he takes while feeling hungry between the meals.
Salary and Net worth
American surfer Laird Hamilton has an estimated net worth of 10 million USD. He has made his fortune from his surfing and modeling career. He has also made minor roles in various movies including comedy-drama film The Descendants and 2002 spy film Die Another Day. He was also starred in Stacy Peralta directed 2004 documentary film titled Riding Giants alongside Greg Noll, Gerry Lopez, Peter Mel and Jeff Clark.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of Laird Hamilton is prepared by various wiki sites including Wikipedia. His Instagram account @lairdhamiltonsurf is run by his wife. He is also active on Twitter @lairdlife where he has amassed more than 52k followers. His Facebook page is reachable @LairdLife.