Our family went to the movies the other night and saw “The Descendants,” which has been getting a lot of critical acclaim. It’s been described as “surprising, moving and frequently very funny” (New York Times review).
But what a surprise it was to see to my buddy, Laird Hamilton, in a small role as the accidental accomplice in the death of one of the main characters. Laird is a native of Hawaii, and widely recognized as the greatest big-wave surfer in the world. And we’re talking BIG waves; 70-80 feet tall.
A few years ago, Laird and I worked on a campaign for Zest Bodywash, which celebrated my study of the Best Cities for Adventures. During our joint television appearances, Laird spoke about how we can all bring adventure to our own lives, every day. He said you don’t have to risk your life to feel more alive. His suggestions included doing things that were out of our ordinary routine, such as taking a walk barefoot or playing tennis with your other hand.
But what terrifies a man who has faced death hundreds of times? Continue reading “Laird Hamilton, Actor”