Terry "Richo" Richardson
Terry Richardson, or Richo as he is known by his mates, is the single biggest influence on Jon LaLanne's approach to surfing and shaping to date. While working at Zuma Jays surf shop in Malibu, Jon met Richo in 1981 at the Malibu pro surf contest. Piping Hot wetsuits sent Richo to the shop fresh off the plane from Wollonggong Australia. The shop owner, Jefferson Wagner, asked Jon if he could put Richo up for a few nights for the contest. Jon just saw Richo in surfer mag talking about a new style of surfboard called the THRUSTER. This was the start of an amazing friendship. Before his heat Richo asked Jon if he could use his new twin fin in the 2' slop. Jon said "ok" and Richo preceded to file down Jon's fins on his brand new surfboard board. Richo won his heat on LaLa's board and it worked better than ever much to his surprise. Who is this guy? Jon wanted to know. Terry stayed with Jon and his college roommate Rich Thies for 2 weeks. During that time Jon and Rich took Richo to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood , and other tourist spots and had a blast. Richo also taught Jon and Rich things about surfboard design that would for ever change their lives. Jon went with Richo to every ASR show and OP Pro contest for a solid 10 years. Richo was a top 16 seeded pro along side legends like Shawn Thompson, Mark Richards, Rabbit Bartholomew, Cheyne Horan, Barton Lynch Occy and Tommy Curran. Richo also was in the classic surf film "Ocean Rythms" and a host of others. He also won the OM Bali pro in 1982. Terry's surfing ability can not be described. Every time Richo surfed in Cali all eyes were on him. A few years later on a trip from OZ Terry offered to make LaLa and Rich surfboards. They did not know Richo shaped. These Richo boards far exceeded their expectations. Jon wanted to know how he learned to shape so well. Richo told Jon that a guy named Michael Peterson taught him. Michael Peterson was the father of modern short boarding and a 70's surf legend. Jon arranged for Richo to make 200 boards for Zuma Jay's surfshop in 1987 and every board flew off the shelf. LaLa watched Richo shape those boards with 90 percent hand tools and every one was magic. Richo still shapes in Wollonggong, Australia and if one ever gets a chance to purchase a Richo it is a must have in one's Quiver. Richo is a seasoned pro surfer in every sense of the word. LaLa has absorbed Richo's techniques, design information, and attitude over the years and to this day still uses these principals. At some point LaLa will be making Richo's designs and they will be available once again in the USA. In the mean time we here at LaLa Surfboards are dedicating a page to the essence of one of the most quintessentially talented surfers in the world enjoy.
Jon, his College pal Rich Thies, and a young Matt Archbold are seen here showing off their new Richos in front of Richo's house in Wollongong, Australia. These boards were so much faster than the name brand boards on the mainland. Richo's boards really opened Jon's eyes to making a superior product. Archy used to rip on Richo's boards back in the day. Matt would stay the night at Jon and Rich's Malibu house for contests up north. Matt loved waking them up at 5 AM after they had been out partying all night, Jon and Rich still have to pay Matt back for that. On the other hand, how great it was to have watched Matt grow into the great surfer and father he is today. Strangely enough Matt's son, Ford Archbold, and John LaLanne share the same birthday.