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Laird Hamilton

Jet Ski 'Clowns'


5/18/2013 2:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0517-laird-hamilton-tmzLaird Hamilton's latest surfin' safari was a TOTAL DISASTER ... all because greedy jet skiers have overrun and RUINED the Tahitian spot he made famous ... the surfing icon tells TMZ.

"They are so much more concerned with catching the next wave than with other surfers," the 49-year-old big-wave pioneer said. "The chaos of the jet skis' movement has a circus-like aspect. Some behaviors were borderline clownish."

Laird recalls several near-collisions at his famed spot off of Teahupo'o this week ... even a few wipeouts caused by wave-grubbing jet skiers thrusting themselves in front of boarders.

"I watched a few surfers go down hard," he said.

He's also taking issue with the number of wave-riders taking crazy risks just to capture video ...

"They're all wearing a bunch of cameras, taking off on waves they have NO chance of making," Laird told us. "They drop in just so they can have a photo of themselves ... 'Wow, look at me!'"

For the uninitiated ... back in 2000, Laird became a major name in surfing after dropping into a dangerous monster wave at the Teahupo'o break ... forever cementing it as a go-to spot for big-wave surfers.

The irony -- he was only able to do it by being towed in ... by a jet ski.

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Blame Laird    

The irony is hilarious. Laird Hamilton single handedly validated both jet ski assists in surfing and wave hogging via stand up paddleboarding at surfing spots. It is because of him that any moron can bypass the meritocracy of a lineup and put themselves into situations they have no business going near. And he did it for the money.

He is surfing's worst media whore and he invented problems that will never go away.

491 days ago


Boo frickin hoo, you surfers act like you own the beach. Get over it.

490 days ago


Ask Laird Hamilton how he behaves at his home break on Kauai. He's the epitome of greed on his stand up board taking every wave he can from anyone he feels like doing it to. He's slowly beginning to realize that he has responsibilities due to his stature but his greed has yet to abate. How selfish? Extremely. How arrogant? You tell me?

489 days ago


Laird it's only OK if you're making money 24/7 doing Mazda ads when you're TOW IN surfing. You ruined the sport. Let's see you paddle into those waves you old man...you rich old man. Because of paddle in. Big hypocrite.

489 days ago


Lard...you're the biggest hypocrite. You have been marketing yourself on jet skis in commercials for years. Your Mazda spot is playing 24/7 in the LA Market. It's ok to Jetski if it's you and you're making money? Big ego to go with those big waves.

489 days ago


Laid cemented his name into big wave surfing and surfing in as a whole a long time before this wave became the photo slut we have made it,,, and i am pretty sure money had nothing to do with it for him... `Let face it he was pulling into to big waves while most of the people making negative comments below where still crapping in their diapers and rubbing it their faces.... Fact.

489 days ago


The last time I check the ocean was open to ALL, even douchbag surfers.

489 days ago
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