Ryan Hipwood was born August 23, 1985, on the Gold Coast in Australia. Raised by a sports-driven family, Ryan always had a strong competitive streak and a passion for sports. At 8 years old Ryan discovered a love for the ocean and the art of surfing. Ryan dedicated every spare moment he had to surfing and spent most of his time surfing along the Gold Coast’s famous stretch of coastline.
Over the years, Ryan has attained some of surfing’s highest and most respected achievements. As an accomplished free-surfer, Ryan found his niche’ in the surfing world by discovering the art of big wave surfing. Ryan is always pushing the limits and is constantly searching the globe on an endless quest to find the biggest, most perfect waves. It is this passion for chasing monster slabs and fearless nature that has made Ryan one of the most photographed and respected surfers in the world. Ryan is nominated for “Ride of the Year” at the 2012 Billabong Global Big Wave Awards.
Bio courtesy of: RyanHipwood.com