Four-time world champion. World surfing legend. Australian hero. One of the most humble, down-to-earth world champions the sport has ever produced. Explore the mind and the thoughts of Mark Richards.
Mark Richards was born on March 7, 1957, in Newcastle, New South Wales. He won four consecutive world titles (1979-1982) under the International Professional Surfers (IPS) insignia and probably fueled by Coke and Caramello bars.
His unorthodox style is inimitable, and the lines he draws on the wave face resemble classic architectural sketches. Nobody bottom-turns like Richards, the “wounded seagull,” and his full speed cutbacks are instantly recognized from any 1970s and 1980s video.