Date Of Birth: 3/7/1957
Hometown: Newcastle, Australia
Mark Richards changed the way surfing looked – literally. He shaped his own boards, and he shaped the future of surfing while he was at it. His knock-kneed, wide-armed wounded gull technique was completely unique to the sport and his futuristic way of reading waves and drawing lines opened up the doors for progression. He won four consecutive World Titles from 1979-1982. He won the Surfer Poll awards in 1979, 1980 and 1981. He starred in countless surf films. His board designs are still widely sought after, decades after they were introduced. To put it simply, MR was mimicked by many but matched by none.