Born Oahu, moved to Maui age 5. Grew up surfing Hanalei Bay. His father, Waikiki Woodie, moved the family to Costa Rica when Rick was 12. Disappointed at first to leave Hawaii, Rick found he loved Costa Rica even more. Rarely leaves; says he grew up in the world’s best place to surf. Always amazed at the number of surfers that make their way to Costa Rica; another reason to rarely leave—“everyone comes to visit!” Enjoys ribbing Donegan Doolin and Hossegor Hank that he owns no wet suits. Always turns down their invitations to surf Bundoran Beach and Hossegor. Hola! Rick requires warm water, not just great waves, to “thrive and survive!”
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