Legendary big-wave rider Laird Hamilton and pro volleyball champion Gabrielle Reece are revealing the secret to making their nearly 20-year marriage work.

“I say it’s called a relation ‘ship,’” Hamilton, 53, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “We are in a boat, we have to work together. Sometimes it’s stormy, sometimes it’s calm, but you have to put the effort in and you have to want to.”

Hamilton jokingly adds, “I just agree with everything that she says, and then it works fantastic.”

The athletically gifted couple wed in November 1997 and share daughters Reece, 14 and Brody Jo, 9 (Hamilton has a daughter Izabella, 22, from a previous marriage). Keeping their marriage alive hasn’t always been easy, though, as they considered divorce during one rough patch before being able to work things out.

In her 2013 book My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper, Reece, 47, made headlines when she advocated for women being “submissive” in a relationship, but now she says that the secret to their marriage’s longevity is “understanding that if you have someone you really love and respect, show them you admire them, appreciate them and even desire them on a regular …read more

Source:: People.com

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