Name: Richard Gilligan
Weight: 120 lbs.
Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Sponsors: Rusty, DSO, OAM, Surf City
[IMAGE 1]Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has been a East Coast surf city for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, there were always pro events, and there’s always been talented surfers emerging from there. One of the freshest talents showing himself now is Richard Gilligan. He’s a seventeen-year-old Wrightsville ripper who’s been competing since he was twelve. He qualified for the U.S. team for 2001, and this is his fifth year competing. His good friend Ben Bourgeois, and his brother Matt are the inspiration that drives Richard’s talent and determination.
I watched him surf at the Billabong Pro Junior at Sebastian Inlet this past spring, and although the conditions weren’t unreal, Richard has the spark in his surfing to kill it in future contests. We’ll see a lot more of this East Coaster in the next few years, I assure you.-Sean Slater