Laird Hamilton, Big Wave Rider/Innovator/Mammal

Laird at Teahupoo 2000 by Tim McKenna

World-renowned “Waterman” Laird Hamilton is known as THE

guiding genius of crossover board sports, and is largely considered the primary influence behind many surfing innovations, including tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding. Surfer Magazine has labeled Laird as, “the sport’s most complete surfer, displaying almost unnerving expertise in a multitude of disciplines, and flat out surfing’s biggest, boldest, bravest, and the best big wave surfer in the world today, bar none.” 

Laird has his own surf wear line (Laird Apparel), beverage boosters (Laird Superfood), XPT Extreme Performance Training with his wife Gabby Reece, and Golf Board.  Laird's affinity for the ocean includes a love of all the creatures in it and a passion for ocean conservation.

Gabby Reece, Former Professional Athlete/Mammal

Gabby by Nicola Majocchi

A champion on and off the court, Gabby Reece is

a professional beach volleyball legend, New York Times bestselling author of My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper, Nike’s first female spokesperson, model, wife, and mother.  Gabby is known, in part, for her thoughtful perspective on strength, beauty, and redefining our relationship to our body.

Together with her husband, surfing legend, Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, plus a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby has become a role model to women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family.

Gabby and Laird live in Malibu with their two daughters Brody and Reece.  Gabby works and plays in the waters we share with the seals and sea lions treated by MMCC Los Angeles.

David James Elliott, Actor/Mammal


Canadian born actor, David James Elliott is best known

for his starring role in the CBS series JAG, playing lead character Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb Jr. (1995 to 2005), which often shot in San Pedro.  David attended Ryerson University in Toronto and then auditioned for the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario. He was accepted and later won the Jean Chalmers Award, as most promising actor in 1983.  

A star of stage, television and film, David makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife Nanci Chambers, their two children Stephanie and Wyatt, two dogs, two rats, and a lizard. David and Nanci have a beverage company, IndiCoco, that manufactures coconut water-based drinks which are nutritious, healthful, and hydrating.   David is a vegan and animal lover and supports many animal causes.

Dr. Peter Weller, Actor/Director/Mammal


Dr. Peter Weller is a film and stage actor, director, and

lecturer.  After playing Robocop and the eponymous Buckaroos in the 1984 sci-fi cult favorite The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Dr. Weller returned to academia. In 2004 he enrolled at Syracuse University, earning a Master’s degree in Roman and Renaissance Art, then he earned his PhD in Italian Renaissance art history at UCLA in 2013. 

A star of film and stage, Dr. Weller holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of North Texas and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Dr. Weller is a member of the legendary Actors Studio.  Dr. Weller lives in Los Angeles with his wife Shari and son Teddy.  Dr. Weller is a champion for ocean conservation.

Ash Adams, Actor/Filmmaker/Mammal


Award-winning feature and documentary filmmaker, Ash Adams

fell in love with San Pedro while here shooting his 2010 film Once Fallen.  Ash first came into the public eye as an actor on the ABC daytime drama Ryan's Hope in New York, where he portrayed John Ryan for three years until the show's end in 1989. While Ash was in New York he auditioned for and was accepted as a lifetime member of the legendary Actors Studio.  Ash is one of the youngest actors to ever have this honor.  

A star of film and television, Ash is a lifetime surfer and animal lover who has shared the water with seals and sea lions, and now shares his San Pedro home with beloved raccoons, skunks and opossums.