RICHARD / CHRISTIE
Hailing from Mahia, Richard or Ricardo as he is also known, is one of only two Kiwi surfers to win National titles across the board winning the U14 twice, the U16 twice, the U18 once and the Open National Title once. In 2005 at Opunake Ricardo won the National Title at only 16 years of age becoming our youngest ever Open Champion. In 2011 Ricardo embarked on the WQS tour picking up several great results such as 3rd in Super Surf International 10,000 Prime 2011, and 3rd’s in the Azores Prime 10,000 and Sao Paulo Open 10,000 Prime Brazil. In 2014, he finished 16th to qualify for the World Tour our 4th surfer to do so behind Maz, Paige Hareb and Sarah Mason. Ric finished the World Tour ranked 31 but also finished with a 5th place at the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil. Ric recently won his first WQS event the WQS 3000 Martinique Surf Pro.
ABOVE: Like AB and Maz, Ricardo’s time on the World Tour saw him throwing everything he had at the worlds most intimidating wave during the Pipe Masters. Photo: David Storck