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Liferider

Heart, Body, Soul, and Life Beyond the Ocean
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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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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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  • 15-03-19

Good but short

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

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  • Deanmc
  • 27-03-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

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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  • Dylan
  • 07-10-19

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
  • 15-07-19

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
  • 11-07-19

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
  • 30-04-19

Thanks Laird

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

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  • Wesley
  • 04-04-19

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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  • Susan M. Dee
  • 30-03-19

Liked it

Thoughtful and timely. In this age of technology coming back to our roots is important. The ideas are authentic and appreciated.