Surf Legend Laird Hamilton ‘Shoots the Pier’ on Huge Hurricane Wave – Video
Laird Hamilton is a surfing legend and legends never die — even, apparently when they tempt fate on massive waves before a beach full of gobsmacked onlookers.
Watch the man purported to be Hamilton — who news reports confirm has been in the area — catch a huge wave at Surfrider Beach in Malibu before shooting the pier like a true daredevil. “Shooting the pier,” in surfing lingo, means to ride a wave through the gaps in a pier’s support posts. It’s dangerous. It’s risky. When pulled off successfully, it’s totally badass. Hamilton also appears to be riding a standup paddle-board, no less.
The video (just ignore the cameraman’s leering coda, by the way) was posted to YouTube on Tuesday. Southern California beaches have drawn thrill-seeking surfers this week as huge 10- to 15-foot waves caused by Hurricane Marie pound beaches.
But as epic as Hamilton’s apparent shooting the pier was, the story took a tragic later Tuesday when another surfer in the area died after being pulled from the water and a Malibu Pier piling was knocked loose by the violent surf.
Posted on August 27, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged Hurricane, Laird hamilton, Large Waves, Malibu, Malibu Pier, Shoots Pier, Surf Legend, Surfing, Surfrider Beach. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.