Glyn­don Rin­grose

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Like so many peo­ple who make up the per­ma­nent pop­u­la­tion of the is­land, “Ringa” came from else­where orig­i­nally. In his case, his par­ents were mis­sion­ar­ies with the Sev­enth day Ad­ven­tist Church in NSW, tak­ing their fam­ily from Van­u­atu to Fiji, Port Mac­quarie and even Mans­field in the Vic­to­rian Alps. He landed on the is­land in 1989, when his par­ents took off to Africa, and thinks he started shap­ing with Is­land Boards around ’93. It was his older brother Tony – an avid surf ex­plorer - who’d found the place. “Ringa” was able to base him­self out of the is­land (ini­tially in a van) through­out his pro surf­ing ca­reer (1996-2002), as well as shap­ing most of his own boards. “Matt (Ryan) of­fered me ev­ery­thing – shap­ing, spon­sor­ship, the surf school. I said I’ll take the lot.” So his ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pet­ing was rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent to his peers, and is al­most un­think­able now.

Ringa’s best re­sult was a fifth at Teahupo’o, the year he scored a cen­tre­spread in Tracks with a Steve Ryan bar­rel se­quence, shot at the in­fa­mous lefthander. It ran in the very last of the news­pa­per for­mat Tracks edi­tions. Occy on the front, the close of a dif­fer­ent era. Glyn­don’s now 44, a hus­band and fa­ther, fo­cussed on his shap­ing and his fam­ily. “We do church to­gether at Leon­gatha,” he says. “I come from a strict back­ground, and we’re not that strict. I want them to be more based in love and kind­ness. I’d pre­fer my kids to be liv­ing in a ru­ral place like this, but they’ll need to make their own choices. There’s none of that bored, go­ing round in cir­cles for teenagers on this is­land. Mel­bourne comes here – there’s so much to do. The ed­u­ca­tion’s good enough.” The only thing Ringa can think of that’s miss­ing – and he doesn’t men­tion the pub – is a de­cent skate park.

Top: Be­tween cameos in the Rip Curl Pro Bells main event and work­ing with the WSL wa­ter-pa­trol crew, Glyn­don Rin­grose is part of the team at Is­land Surfboards.

Bot­tom: Glyn­don chan­nels his gecko grip and drifs over a col­laps­ing sec­tion.

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