Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece visit Gulf and reflect on disaster

Among the latest celebrities to have visited the Gulf of Mexico to witness what has grown like a cancer into the greatest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history are renowned big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and his volleyball player and model-actress wife, Gabrielle Reece.

Laird, a legendary waterman known for his strength and pioneering exploits on some of the world’s largest waves, appears soft-spoken and understandably saddened when he opens: “Everything that I have in my life has come somehow through the ocean. It’s my church. The place where I go for my peace, and it’s my teacher.

Gabby adds: “You take care of your house that you live in. We make our bed, we clean our cars and all that stuff and yet we neglect sort of the place that really supplies us with the greatest form of sustainability, which is the ocean.”

Laird and Gabby, who urge people to support efforts to help ensure that something like this will never happen again, were speaking on behalf of the National Resources Defense Council, which produced the video. You can view images from the couple’s trip on Laird’s website.