By the late 1990s, Hamilton continued with windsurfing, waterskiing and kitesurfing.
In 1996 Hamilton and Manu Bertin were instrumental in demonstrating and popularizing kitesurfing off the Hawaiian coast of Maui.
Young Laird is shown in early video footage jumping off a 60-foot cliff into deep water at 7 years of age.
When 16, Hamilton left the eleventh grade at Kapaa High School to pursue a modeling career and work in construction.
Tow-in surfing, as it became known, pushed the confinements and possibilities of big wave surfing to a new level.
Although met with mixed reactions from the surfing community, some of whom felt that it was cheating and polluting, Hamilton explained that tow-in surfing was the only way to catch the monstrous sized waves.
He is married to Gabrielle Reece, a professional volleyball player, television personality, and model.
Hamilton and his family split their time between residences in Maui, Hawaii, and Malibu, California. While he was an infant, Laird and his mother, Joann (née Zyirek), moved to Hawaii.
Hamilton had a reputation for an aggressive demeanor around others of his age.
With his signature artistic flair, Hamilton continued deeply carving water, emerging back over the wave's shoulder.
A still photograph of him riding the wave made the cover of Surfer magazine, with the caption: "oh my god..." In the filmed coverage of this event in the motion picture Riding Giants, Doerner said "I towed him onto this wave.
In the early 1990s, Hamilton, along with a small group of friends collectively dubbed the "Strapped Crew" because their feet were strapped to their boards, pushed the boundaries of surfing at Jaws surf break off the north central coast of Maui.
The Strapped Crew tackled bigger waves featuring stunts.