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Legendary Big Wave Surfer on Riding the World's Heaviest and Most Dangerous Wave

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Laird Hamilton, our next guest on the show, is a world-renowned big-wave surfer who has achieved incredible feats for riding the tallest, fastest, heaviest, and most dangerous waves ever surfed. In this episode, we get a glimpse into the life and journey of a pro surfer who walked amongst giants and could not keep himself away from the water. Shawn and Laird share many comparisons to what we call an ‘adrenaline junkie’ and discuss how Shawn’s background in the SEAL Teams and CIA compares to the life-and-death situations of Laird constantly chasing big waves.

Laird discusses his near-death experiences, reading waves, not conforming to the surfing norm, his accomplishments from JAWS to Teahupoo, biohacking, the company he started, Laird Superfood, and more. For those who don’t know, Shawn has officially partnered with Laird Superfood, and in this deep two-part series, you will see how Laird sources the finest ingredients at an affordable price so we all can reap the benefits.

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Alex S says:

I never thought a pro surfer would be a guest on the Shawn Ryan Show but now that ive watched this preview i am absolutely captivated. This may be a pivotable moment in this show expanding the guest list and making this a mainstream show for the masses

CliffordChase says:

Weirdly there is this need currently to rank women as part of the big wave conquerors. A woman at Nazrene Portugal, dropped (litterally) into a 80 ft wave. OBVIOUSLY , ABSOLUTELY SHE WENT STRAIGHT DOWN AND DID NOT RIDE ANY OF YHE WAVE FACE . NOT AT ALL . .. ZERO …
AND of course we are urged not to believe our own eyes…. it's STUPID !

Dalton Johnson says:

I love how your content is never redundant

SurfingKook says:

Laird wasn't the greatest skilled wise like a Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina or Andy Irons. But Laird pushed the limits to surfing big waves and inventing new types of surfing like tow-in and paddle boarding large waves. And for that, I would put Laird on the Mt Rushmore of surfing.

Al Electric says:

I grew up in a land locked state. Never surfed or even been in the pacific but always wanted to surf. Used to watch it on Wide World of Sports. Fascinating to ride a wave.

Lynn B says:

He’s the tony hawk of surfing

Yachtzeee says:

Absolutely love this man. Thank you for having him on!

Steve Massarone says:

Awsome stuff Laird is a real one for sure

Is what it is boy says:

its hilarious u had him on bruh haha

Xochipilli says:

Surfing is Life."" And Style is just a Option "

Alika Johnson says:


RaynS says:

I remember seeing him when I was younger, all I wanted to do was be in the water.

Connie says:

@Shawn Ryan Show It says in Rev there will be no more seas in heaven. Do you think it means there won't be an ocean in heaven?
I know it says the will be the River of Life.

Brian says:

“I think we have a lot in common.” Ok, Shawn.


Right on! 🤙

Mike Texas says:

Heaviest? Nazare has entered the chat..

A M says:

Wake up America. Coup d'état to the constitutional republic of the United States of America. Like never before, freedom in America has been under attack by the criminal insurrection of unelected officials (deep state). The Durham report, the desperate corporate policies for the implementation of ESG, the use of the DOJ as a political weapon against the American people, the censorship of the mass media against freedom of expression, the complicity of the DOJ with the criminal activities of the Biden family, the manipulation of elections through illegal foreign money from companies and businessmen, for example (hansjorg wyss) and many others demonstrate once again with sufficient evidence the coup d'état against the United States of America and its constitution. At the service of the enemies of America. Marxist globalist financial mafias who use their financial wealth to manipulate elected and unelected officials in governments. Using defamation instead of information as a strategy, using lies instead of truth as a tactic, secret conspiracy instead of open cooperation as an operating model, destructive and divisive hatred of American society instead of uplifting love as a banner. . The diabolical globalist financial mafia operates in the dark, using federal intelligence and national security agencies for their campaigns and dirty work, taking possession of political parties through campaign donations, controlling central banks, multinational corporations and major news networks. Using foundations and NGOs as a facade. These diabolical forces will actively conspire with various foreign powers hostile to the American constitutional Republic to manipulate the outcome of the elections, they manipulate the traditional social values ​​based on love, peace and family unity that society has been practicing for centuries, they use the universities to confuse and poison young minds with large doses of hatred and resentment through their Marxist critical theories of race (the Jesuits and their totalitarian feudalism 2.0 is once called the woke movement). The satanic globalist financial mafia works hard to overthrow the North American constitutional Republic. Citizens in America need to understand once and for all that the criminal actions of the deep state in the service of socialist/Marxist financial globalism qualify as a high betrayal of the values ​​and principles on which the Republic and its constitution were founded and represent a clear declaration of war against human rights, political freedoms, civil freedom, and the religious faith of the sovereign people of the United States of America. If the most worthy and patriotic men in uniform do not raise their voices and decide to act now by activating military courts-martial to prosecute those guilty of the coup d'état against the republic and its constitution for treason and other crimes against the republic as dictated by the constitution itself . These soldiers will also be complicit in the end of the constitutional republic and the social bloodbath as a result of the just and necessary civil war.

Derek Warren says:

We call them Hammer divers. Send them down first

J W says:


For Your Health says:

I agree. There are many traditional men out here who place a great deal of stock in honor, respect and discipline. Not all, but many of us do our best to follow Christ teachings and what God has to say about living a righteous life.

David Wied💀 says:

This gunna be epic cant wait

Mike McCourt says:

Great teaser – you can see a lot of mutual respect for each other in that room

Himebaugh Chris says:

Who else did Crazy Shrugs to get a neck like Laird?

Julian Gonzalez says:

Cant wait. This guy is a big inspiration in my life. Not just the surfing but his attitude towards life. He was always looking for a different way to ride a wave or move through water….he questioned the status quo.

Anthony Edwards says:

If anyone deserves to write a book about their life, it’s Mr Hamilton. This is a person who came from nothing and turned his life around since he was a young man. All on his own. Major kudos to you and much respect in all that you have accomplished. Pretty remarkable since he really had no dad.

Golf Foxtrot Yankee says:

It’s about time this beast of a man has been invited to your show Shawn! This guy has been a hero of mine since I was a little kid in grade school. I’m 41 now and he still is a man to admire in my view. I’ve been patiently waiting too since you teamed up with him and his wife’s company.

seahawksphan says:

Love that guy

Amy S says:

Shawn Ryan is providing THE BEST content! I even let the much too long poop ad video play afterwards so he gets ad revenue 😂

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