Hometown: Haiku, HI
Sponsors: ERGO, Dakine, Xcel, SOS Shapes, Sanuk, High Tech Surf Shop

Laird Hamilton considers himself lucky enough to be Albee Layer's neighbor. While Laird was busy being the face of American Express (yawn), Albee was devoting his time to wooing the world with his mind blowing surfing. Albee might have electricity under his belt (again, yawn), but Albee has got the flair, an upside down backside rotation with an indy grab. With so much repetition of the standard frontside air reverse nowadays, Albee's backhand progression is as crisp and refreshing as a nice wine spritzer. Wine spritzers are cool, right? Albee is also known to horseback ride off into sunsets and surf massive Jaws.