Better known as Richie Vas, this local product's knowledge of the unforgiving break is second to none. With best mate and fellow competitor Mark Mathews, Vas spent his formative years trying to tame Cape Fear. Star of Fuel TV dramality series The Crew with Mathews, Vas has earned a reputation as one of Australian sport's most respected competitors - a gentlemanly sportsman in every sense of the term. And while he mightn't be the most technical of surfers, Vas is up there as the most courageous.
When he's not risking his life in the water, he's doing so in the ring - Vas an accomplished MMA fighter and UFC contender. If there's a bomb no one wants to touch, Vas will put his hand-up.
Nicknamed "Manchild", the diminutive but powerful Vas is a force to be reckoned with.