Richo bows out after 10 big years
AFTER a 10-year reign as Club Open Champion – nine of which were in a row – Alley Boardriders club president Mark “Richo” Richardson has passed on the mantle.
Having won three under-16 championships and five under-18 championships, Brendan Leckie took out his first open age championship with a remarkable display against his hero.
The points came down to the last club round of the year, and Richo and Leckie went heat for heat.
They finally met in the final and the young gun proved too strong for the old head.
Although he may have lost, Richo was notably impressed with what he saw.
“I’m stoked with the strength the club has now right throughout the junior ranks,” he said.
“I’m just looking forward to the xlub growing from strength to strength in the future.”
The Alley Boardriders have enjoyed one of their most successful years to state, with individual results including Richo’s third at the Aussie Masters and Eden Putland’s second at the Arnette Australian Titles, and team efforts like first at the Team Sarcoma Challenge, second at the Kirra Surfstock Junior Teams, and Leckie and Hayden Welsh’s third in the Pairs comp at the Straddie Assault.