made the most of Formula One's end-of-season break by trying out a new sport.
The five-time world champion teamed up with surfing legend Kelly Slater to tackle the waves on a board.
In a video posted on his Instagram
, he can be seen donning a wet suit before meeting Slater and entering the water.
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New year, new sport, time to learn new things ???????. Thank you #goat @kellyslater for teaching me! This was rad. @gabrielmedina I'm coming for you brother ?? (kidding) @wsl #surfsup #kellyslater #goat #legend #surf
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The veteran surfer then teaches Hamilton a few tricks on the water, with the Brit proving he is no slouch.
Hamilton then shows a few of his own skills, riding waves on his own in front of the cameras.
Hamilton captioned the video: 'New year, new sport, time to learn new things. Thank you #goat Kelly Slater for teaching me! That was rad.'
With the new Formula One season not beginning until March 17 in Australia, Hamilton - who turned 34 on January 7 - still has plenty more time to hit the water and hone his skills.
Slater, born in Florida, is an 11-time surfing world champion and holds the record for youngest world champion at 20, and oldest at 39.
He is widely regarded as the greatest ever exponent of the sport, and may yet compete when surfing is given its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
Although he will be 48 by then, Slater has not yet officially confirmed or denied whether he intends to participate.