Marsh, Richard


Good-natured pro surfer from Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia; world-ranked #8 in 1992. "'Dog' is his nickname, and dog is his nature," Surfer said of Marsh in 1991. "Nice, warm, happy, honest, faithful. Also tough and dangerous."

Marsh was born (1967) and raised in Cronulla, the son of a tow truck driver, and began surfing at age nine. In 1986 he won the Australian National Titles and was runner-up to friend and mentor (and neighbor) Mark Occhilupo in the Pro Junior; in 1987 he won the Pro Junior. Marsh broke the top 10 just once in his eight-year pro tour career, finishing eighth in 1992, the same year he won his only world circuit event, the Yoplait Pro on Réunion Island, in flawless double-overhead reef waves. Marsh later credited his 1992 ratings leap to "only getting drunk four times" that year. Two years later, at age 28, Marsh retired from the world tour.

The diminutive (5'7", 140 pounds) bleach-blond Marsh rode in a wide, low-slung stance; "not exactly a style master," surf journalist Derek Hynd wrote, "but compensates with tenacity."

Marsh appeared in a few surf movies and videos, including Sultans II (1989), Rad Movez (1992), and Pure Filth (1993). He opened Triple Bull Surf Shop in Cronulla in 1997.