HOT OFF THE BLOCKS

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Last is­sue we fea­tured an in­ter­view with Richard Christie and his as­pi­ra­tions to keep his pro-surf­ing World Tour dream alive, de­spite not hav­ing a ma­jor fi­nan­cial spon­sor. Ric stated that he would do what­ever it took and was fo­cused on find­ing a way for­ward. So of­ten you hear a lot of talk and no ac­tion in this world, but Ric has hit the New Year run­ning with an epic third place in the Breaka Pro held at Queens­land's Burleigh Point. Af­ter punch­ing through the work at Gis­borne's Blitz surf shop for the last six months and coach­ing a group of lo­cal as­pir­ing groms, Ric man­aged to save enough funds to self- fund a start to the 2013 tour tak­ing a ‘one event at a time’ ap­proach. The idea to back him­self and win enough money to pos­si­bly fund en­try and travel to the next event has paid div­i­dends with Ric earn­ing a cool USD$4250 with his plac­ing. From all ac­counts thou­sands of Kiwi sup­port­ers logged on to watch Ric com­pete on­line and hun­dreds were on hand cheer­ing for their home boy from the Burleigh Point. Ric rep­re­sented NZ proudly and on his way to third took down some of the best surfers in the world fin­ish­ing ahead of the leg­endary Mick Fan­ning. What was dis­heart­en­ing to see was the fact that ev­ery surfer that Ric went up against were en­dors­ing big brands and had great fi­nan­cial sup­port whereas Ric was rid­ing his al­most stick­er­less Lost and out­per­form­ing the oth­ers. This was not lost with the com­men­ta­tors who spent the week singing Ric's praises, also be­wil­dered that Ric was with­out a ma­jor spon­sor. The fi­nan­cial win­nings from the event will go a long way to see Ric through the rest of the Aus­tralian events and with this boost of con­fi­dence and mo­men­tum, hopefully con­tinue on for the lad. We wish you well Ric, you've done us proud!

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