This week, one of surfing's greatest was inducted into Australia's Surfing Hall of Fame and named Australia's most influential surfer. Being... well– under 30– I knew little about Mark Richards except by name. So, I did a deep dive and found out just what this man did to deserve his new title.
Mark Richards' Surfboards
In the 70s and early 80s, Richards was the king. He was a pioneer, and an innovator. He had a signature turn, diving deep into an arcing path across the wave with his left hand completely flat, guiding him in his direction. He often rode a bright yellow and red board, with a prominent lightning bolt that zigzagged down the nose. The board was half gun, half fish and on the bottom, his logo (the iconic ‘MR’) was printed for everyone to see on a big turn. Oftentimes, he would be the only surfer with balls enough to brave the rugged Australian storm swells. Perhaps his courage is what led him to winning 4 consecutive world titles. Here are some photos to commemorate MR, Australia’s most influential surfer.
Please note, I do not own the rights to nor did I take any of these photos.