From an early age, travelling to the coast from a small country town in the north-west of New South Wales, was an annual event for Richard and his family. These trips to the beach birthed a life long Spirit of Adventure that has led him to the outer reaches of Samoa, North West Africa and the snow covered peaks of Hokkaido in Northern Japan. Richard also won the 1973 Australian Surfing Title at Margaret River in Western Australia and other major surfing events along the way. He is also credited with the discovery in the early 70’s, of the now famous Bali surfing break Padang.
As well as a successful surfing career, Richard has been handcrafting surfboards for over 50 years. Shaping boards for state and Australian champions as well as internationally. Travelling extensively and following the surf around the world that still inspires him to create works of art that reflect his love of surfing and the ocean. These range from modern contemporary style paintings on canvas to classic seascapes and timeless images of surfers on waves.
Since his early teenage years, his camera and journal have been at his side capturing experiences both terrifying and amusing. Richard’s books shares photos and stories of those travels.
After over 50 years of shaping his factory is shutting its doors. Richard will still be available for his personally handcrafted surfboards and can easily be contacted. So now with this extra time all these creative avenues will allow the dream to continue.
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