Laird Hamilton is not only one of the best and most innovative big wave surfers in the world, but he is also an international fitness icon and nutrition expert. Hamilton is a world-renowned waterman and is also known for his influential and innovative ideas that contributed to the sport of surfing, such as tow-in surfing, hydrofoil boarding and stand up paddle boarding.
What exactly is hydrofoil boarding though? We don’t hear about it often, but the world was properly introduced to the sport in the 2003 Dana Brown film Step Into Liquid, that devoted a segment to hydrofoil boarding.
Laird Hamilton claimed that foil boarding could harness the waves power independent of whether or not they were breaking, lifting the rider above the surface, allowing them to be above the chop. The lack of drag in hydrofoil boarding, combined with the insane amount of speed it could produce, would forever change wave riding and the perception of what is possible in terms of surfing huge unbroken waves.