Mark Richards

mark-richardsAustralian native, Mark Richards, captured an unprecedented four consecutive world titles, a record that held for over 15 years. He started his reign at age six, winning almost every contest he entered. Surfing in his hometown of Mereweather, he soon got to the top of the Australian surf scene. Richards dropped into the professional arena the same year it started in 1976, where he stayed in the top three for several years. In 1979, Richards mastered his board shaping abilities and created the winged twin-fin. His long body contributed to his surfing style, which landed him the nickname “Wounded Gull.” Following a stellar professional career, he settled into surfboard shaping at his family’s shop in Australia. His legendary status was refreshed after winning the 2001 World Masters Championships, in the over 40 division.

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