Save the Ocean: The Project Zero Movement
Laird Hamilton has spent much of his career innovating and finding new ways of using technology on the water. He co-invented tow-in surfing, using inflatable boats to help reach waves which were simply too gigantic for paddle power alone. He has also been a big proponent of foilboarding, using hydrofoil technology to power the board. But is there a dissonance between these two approaches to the water, the technological and the natural? Hamilton thinks not: “All these crafts are just ways to further your relationship with the ocean and to be able to use it.”
One aspect where he is resolutely on the side of nature, however, is looking after the ocean environmentally. Hamilton is a part of the Project Zero movement, which aims to bring together the disparate interests invested in maintaining the precious resource that our oceans represent. “I try to get more people to not only appreciate and admire the ocean, but also to participate in activities in the ocean. Because then we’ll have a bigger voice and we’ll have more impact,” he says. And if there’s one thing Laird Hamilton wants from the world, it’s bigger, better, and brighter.
Photographer: Tim McKenna