Laird Hamilton Explains the Vision Behind the GolfBoard-Brought to You By BMW

What happens when four of the most innovative minds in golf get together for a round? We tag along to find out.

Brought to You By BMW

Released on 8/6/2014

Credits

Starring: Laird Hamilton, Todd Ballard, Adrienne Cass, and Ed Sanders
Featuring: Laird Hamilton
Director: Chris Stanford
Producer: Nicole Lloyd

Transcript

00:00
(upbeat music)
00:33
I'm Laird Hamilton, and I'm one of the co-founders
00:36
of the GolfBoard,
00:39
and the rest is history.
00:41
It actually started from an electric skateboard
00:44
and then evolved into an electric golf board.
00:49
I have a friend that's 81 now,
00:51
and he's an avid golfer,
00:53
and he always is trying to bait me into coming
00:56
to play golf with him.
00:57
On one of the occasions, he asked me to come
00:59
to Sherwood Country Club and play golf,
01:02
and I got those electric skateboards we've been riding,
01:05
let's take them over and play with them on the course.
01:07
And so we brought them over and immediately realized
01:10
that it was an incredible place
01:13
to be on a board and to,
01:16
and that golf was totally changed when you rode the board.
01:21
It's a perfect fit, because first of all,
01:23
golf courses are incredible.
01:24
I mean, they're some of the most beautiful
01:27
landscapes, and all these undulating fairways
01:30
and then to be able to put a board into that situation.
01:33
I mean, normally you have to go on helicopters
01:35
into the mountains on snowboards
01:37
or into the giant waves to have this kind of,
01:40
this feeling and this sensation.
01:42
I knew the first time that we got on an electric skateboard,
01:45
on a golf course, that it was something magic.
01:48
You get the young people out there, they ride the board.
01:50
Hey, you wanna come ride the board with us?
01:52
Oh, ride the board, all of a sudden hit the ball,
01:54
wow, this is a very cool game.
01:56
And then they get hooked to the game,
01:58
where they might not have had the chance
02:00
had you not had the board for them to come and ride.
02:03
I think the GolfBoard will change the game.
02:04
I think that the GolfBoard will have an effect
02:07
on not only who plays, how they play,
02:10
the way courses are designed.
02:12
I always thought, if I can get more people in the ocean,
02:14
you know, I can get more people concerned about the ocean.
02:18
If I can get more people having fun,
02:20
I can get more people concerned about taking care
02:23
of themselves, and taking care of other people.
02:26
So in a way, all these things are just tools
02:29
that ultimately can serve a bigger purpose,
02:31
which is maybe make the world a better place.
02:33
And if people were having more fun,
02:35
the world would be a better place.
02:38
(upbeat music)
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