Laid Hamilton: cutting water in Raglan

A powerful Raglan swell greeted Laird Hamilton and his foil board, as the American surfer prepares for "The Ultimate Waterman."

Laird Hamilton is the pioneer of foilboarding. He has been riding waves over blades for a long time, with a very personal approach. Hamilton is the ambassador of the New Zealand-based event "The Ultimate Waterman."

The search to find the world's best all-round waterman will get eight wave riders competing in six different surfing disciplines over eight days, between 14th-21st March, 2015.

"The Ultimate Waterman is going to be humble. And versatile. Very complex. A capacity to do a huge array of disciplines and ultimately to be - if not one of the greatest athletes in the world," underlines the foil board master.

Laird Hamilton will make select appearances in the event, but he will also give advice and support to the official line-up, consisting of Danny Ching, Mark Visser, Manoa Drollet, Georges Cronsteadt, Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Kala Alexandra and Daniel Kereopa.