“There are no new ideas, just new applications of old ideas.” – Laird Hamilton
Laird Hamilton is widely considered the greatest big wave surfer of all-time. He is credited with the creation of tow-in surfing, as well as the rebirth of stand-up paddle boarding. To get amped for my below interview with him, check out a few minutes of this insanity:
Hamilton has starred in multiple surfing films and was the centerpiece of Riding Giants, a documentary about big wave surfing. Laird was also Tim’s teacher in the surfing episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment, which took place in Hawaii. Laird is known for using his sports fame to raise money for charities including Race Across America, Pipeline for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, and Rain Catcher, among others.
Gabrielle Reece has been named one of the “20 Most Influential Women In Sports” and is best known for her success in volleyball. Reece led the Women’s Beach Volleyball League in kills for four consecutive seasons. Elle magazine once called Reece “one of the five most beautiful women in the world,” and Rolling Stone placed her on their “Wonder Women” list. She parlayed that into a successful modeling career and then starred as a trainer on The Biggest Loser. Her crossover success led to her becoming the first female athlete to ever design a shoe for Nike.
Brian MacKenzie is the founder of CrossFit Endurance and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Unbreakable Runner. MacKenzie has created controversy by suggesting a counter-intuitively minimalist approach to distance running. He challenges not only high-mileage runs, but also high-carb diets, and he incorporates intense strength training to conquer everything from 5K runs to ultra-marathons. He was also prominently featured in The 4-Hour Body, where he revealed how to prepare for a marathon in record time. MacKenzie has been featured in Runner’s World, Men’s Journal, ESPN, Outside, and The Economist.