Dubbed one of the world’s sexiest athletes, former Women’s Beach Volleyball League star and fitness icon GABRIELLE REECE, also known as “Gabby,” possesses a look that conveys both athleticism and feminine beauty. Her commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular public speaker on the subjects of health and wellness. An avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, plus 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.
In spring of 2012, Gabby was invited to Washington, DC to speak at the annual TEDMED conference on innovations in health and medicine. Gabby also has an ongoing relationship with the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, an initiative benefitting needy schools through the planting of organic gardens, by which she speaks to children about the importance of eating healthy and regular exercise. Additionally, to further help reverse the growing obesity crisis, Gabby has recently collaborated with her husband (surfing legend Laird Hamilton) to develop gabbyandlaird.com, a website dedicated to providing comprehensive fitness, nutrition, and motivational support to anyone looking to achieve a personal transformation to a healthier lifestyle.
Gabby is also Nike’s first female athlete to design a shoe, and Nike’s first-ever female cross-training spokesperson. Working with Tinker Hatfield, designer of the Air Jordan, Nike Launched Gabby’s shoe the Air Trainer in 1994, the Air Patrol in 1995, the Air GR in 1997 and the Air GR II in 1998, her shoe eventually became the first women’s shoe to outsell the Air Jordan.
Beyond Gabby’s own websites, her health and fitness tips have appeared in Shape magazine, Conde Nast’s magazine, and Elle magazine. She was also a monthly contributing editor to Yahoo Health for several years, and has written for The Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Women’s Sports & Fitness named Gabby one of the “20 Most Influential Women in Sports” (August 1997). Regarding their choice of Gabby for the issue’s cover, the magazine’s editor wrote, “Because I believe she represents, finally, the answer to all the image-questing pendulum swinging of the decades gone by. Who is the female athlete? She is everything once thought to be an inherent contradiction. She is strong and beautiful, sweaty and feminine, tough and ladylike.”
Gabby currently splits her time between Kauai and Santa Barbara.