Honorary 12th Crew Member

“Stand up paddleboarding is the ancient Polynesian sport we never saw but know existed.”


Big wave surfer, co-inventor of Tow-In-Surfing, and father of modern day paddleboarding, Laird Hamilton sees himself as a “throw back” to the time when surfers prided themselves on being an all-around waterman. He learned to surf by age 3 and has spent his career pioneering a crossover between board sports. Hell bent on living life to the extreme, Laird’s latest endeavor takes surfing back to its roots with stand up paddleboarding.

“It’s been a life-long goal to push boundaries and find rogue waves at sea to ride,” says Laird. “When PUMA Ocean Racing approached me with ideas for how we might collectively make this happen during the Volvo Ocean Race, I was thrilled.”

Laird will serve as the team’s honorary 12th member. The crew will track wave patterns while sailing through the remotest reaches of the world's oceans. As monster waves are found, Laird will fly in, prepared to surf.

Laird and PUMA have also collaborated on a line of limited edition carbon fiber stand up paddleboards which takes inspiration from the Mar Mostro Volvo Open 70 hull. “We’re bringing the ultimate innovation to action water sports,” he says. “It’s going to be a game-changer.”


Visit www.lairdhamilton.com for more information on Laird.


Laird’s Vitals

Nationality: Ico-usaUnited States
Date of Birth: March 02, 1962
Hometown: Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii