Terry Richardson

Hawaii, 1986

All I ever wanted to do was to be married and have kids. And I couldn’t have married a better woman or have better-looking kids.

“Conversations: Terry Richardson,” by Sam George, was recorded in late 1986 and ran in the April 1987 issue of Surfing magazine.

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Richo, you’ve been at it a long time. Have you been competing since the start?

I started back in Woolongong at the age of 14 [1969], surfing for fun. At 15-and-a-half I won the local schoolboys’, then went on to the State and Australian Championships. Guys said I had a natural ability, so I went a bit further and started winning a few state tournaments and...