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July 29, 1988 | JIM LINDGREN
Having lived near Newport Beach, where his father owns a surf shop, Richie Collins quite naturally first jumped on a surfboard when he was just 3 years old. By the time he was 11, he was working in the shop in the summer, earning enough money to pay for his own trips to Hawaii to surf. His father, Lance Collins, recalls one trip to the big island when Richie was 11. "It was at Black Sand Beach," Lance Collins said. "It was eerie.
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November 10, 1994 | Rockin' Fig & Dave, Rockin' Fig is Rick Fignetti, a Huntington Beach surfer/shop owner. Times staff writer David Reyes has reported on U.S. surf teams competing in Indonesia and Brazil. and
Scene: Hawaii, the U.S. Bud Tour surfing championships. Announcers: Rockin' Fig and, ahem, Lord (Tally Ho) Jim Blears, a 71-year-old fixture in Hawaii after a pro wrestling career on the mainland. He's also a former senior men's surfing champion in Hawaii and still hits the waves. He spent the whole contest salting Fig's brain with old surf stories. The Tally Ho, by the way, stems from his trademark greeting. During the Bud Tour's final contest, Oct.
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August 5, 1989 | MIKE REILLEY, Times Staff Writer
Richie Collins likes to be creative when he designs surfboards in his Costa Mesa shop, and he weaved a little of that creativity into his surfing Friday in the Op Pro Surfing Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier. Collins, of Newport Beach, attempted a twisting new move in his 88.5 to 72 victory in the third round against Dino Andino of San Clemente.
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October 8, 1994
Huntington Beach's Jay Larson edged Richie Collins of Newport Beach Friday in a second-round heat of the Body Glove San Francisco Cup at Ocean Beach, the final stop on the Bud Pro Surfing tour. Larson scored a near-perfect wave with a tube ride to beat out Collins, the 1989 Op Pro champion. Both surfers advance to today's third round. Other advancing include Ryan Simmons of Seal Beach and Huntington Beach's Jeff Deffenbaugh.
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July 29, 1990
Just when you thought that any pro surfer belonged on the list of the world's luckiest men--right up there with Ringo Starr and Ed McMahon--along comes Richie Collins. The Newport Beach surfer, ranked No. 13 on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals tour, defends his Op Pro championship this week at Huntington Beach.
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January 14, 1989 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, Times Staff Writer
Last winter, Richie Collins, the born-again, anti-drug surf star who has a shaved head, fits of violence and a penchant for the bizarre, found himself in a precarious situation. With dusk approaching, he and a buddy had lost their surfboards in 8- to 10-foot surf at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, the renowned North Shore surfing site.
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October 8, 1994
Huntington Beach's Jay Larson edged Richie Collins of Newport Beach Friday in a second-round heat of the Body Glove San Francisco Cup at Ocean Beach, the final stop on the Bud Pro Surfing tour. Larson scored a near-perfect wave with a tube ride to beat out Collins, the 1989 Op Pro champion. Both surfers advance to today's third round. Other advancing include Ryan Simmons of Seal Beach and Huntington Beach's Jeff Deffenbaugh.
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March 5, 1989
Richie Collins of Costa Mesa and Matt Archbold and George Hulse of Dana Point were eliminated Saturday from the Cold Water Surfing tournament in Santa Cruz. Collins, the defending champion of the season-opening event, was eliminated by Bryce Ellis of Australia in the third round. Hulse also lost in the third round. Archbold lost in the second round. The tournament concludes today.
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February 11, 1989
Whose ocean is it? As an active surfer since 1957, I find it a shame that some surfers don't understand the value of enjoyment and camaraderie that surfers have shared since I began surfing. Challenging the elements, not other surfers, has been an important part of my life. To have to fight your way into or out of the ocean is absurd. It is a lower form of animal thinking that brings out territorial rights. Richie Collins, as good as he may think he is, has a lot to learn about human rights and sharing.
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June 3, 1993 | Rick Fignetti and David Reyes, Rockin' Fig is Rick Fignetti, a Huntington Beach surfer/shop owner. Times staff writer David Reyes has reported on U.S. surf teams competing in Bali and Brazil. and
Pro surfer Richie Collins has taken on a new assignment--promoting the first professional surf contest with an anti-drug theme, going on now through Sunday. Collins, of Newport Beach, is teaming with Byron Scott, the Los Angeles Laker guard, for the Richie Collins-Byron Scott Drug Use Is Life Abuse Surfing Championship. For Scott, it's a chance to communicate that top athletes are anti-drug use advocates, an idea that Figgy supports. It's a good statement to put out to the kids.
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June 29, 1992 | MIKE PENNER
Some of the best professional surfers in the world were in Huntington Beach Sunday, bobbing and swaying and leaning and weaving. After that, they put their boards in the water and started surfing. The offshore swell Sunday morning was nothing compared to the onshore swell, the seismic waves that had Richie Collins and Gary Elkerton pulling floaters in their bedrooms, jarring them out of sound slumber two minutes before 5 a.m. "It scared the . . .
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June 23, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY
Newport Beach's Richie Collins, whose image and opinions have been as radical and unpredictable as his surfing, will have a new look at this year's Op Pro surfing championships. A sponsor. Collins, who competed on the world tour most of last season without a sponsor, has signed a three-year contract with Body Glove. Billabong dropped Collins last July after company officials received several complaints about Collins' off-color remarks in newspaper and magazine articles.
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July 28, 1991 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With time running out and the Huntington Beach Pier pilings just ahead, Richie Collins knew it was surf-or-die time. Collins, of Newport Beach, was trailing Kelly Slater of Cocoa Beach, Fla., 69 to 63, with 45 seconds left in their Op Pro quarterfinal heat Saturday morning. But Collins executed two floaters--his trademark maneuver--on his final wave, scoring a 27 and slipping by Slater, 76.5 to 75.
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July 26, 1991 | MIKE PENNER
Richie Collins says he surfs for the Lord now, partly because he reads the Bible, partly because he needs the help, and partly because he doesn't surf for Billabong anymore. Billabong, the surf-wear company that sponsored Collins for years, decided to fire its local hero last week. It was inevitable. When you're footing the bill, you want surfers with feet firmly planted on their boards, not in their mouths.
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January 21, 1989
I have been surfing longer than Richie Collins has been alive, and I can positively state that he is not what surfing is all about. In fact, he and hordes of other immature, self-centered high school dropouts are what make it almost impossible to enjoy a morning session in the L.A.-Orange County area anymore. And Richie: Please keep you and your "souped-up truck" out of Baja; there's nothing worse than another "ugly American" screaming wildly through the serenity of a Mexican morning.
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July 29, 1990
Dino Andino, San Clemente--Andino splits time between stops on the world and U.S. tours. He finished ninth at last year's Op Pro, upsetting second-seeded Damien Hardman in the second round. Shane Beschen, San Clemente--A recent graduate of San Clemente High, Beschen ranked in the top three on the U.S. tour. He won his first major professional title at the Easter Surfing meet at Bolsa Chica State Beach in April.
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July 29, 1990
Just when you thought that any pro surfer belonged on the list of the world's luckiest men--right up there with Ringo Starr and Ed McMahon--along comes Richie Collins. The Newport Beach surfer, ranked No. 13 on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals tour, defends his Op Pro championship this week at Huntington Beach.
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