Born on the Island of Kauai and raised on the east side of the island, and later on the North shore of Oahu, Rico started surfing Pipeline at the age of 16. Since that time, he has spent the better part of two decades exploring outer reefs and chasing barrels around the globe. Along the way of his journey he's fallen in love with shooting photos with old film cameras. Other passions include playing the Ukulele, deep sea fishing, coaching others in their fitness journeys, and Crossfit. Rico is also a Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and loves living life to it’s fullest. He values God, family and relationships with others above all, and aspires to fully live life.