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Ricardo Christie

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Ricardo has a genuine interest in getting to know people and the dreams they need help with. With an analytical approach to understanding goals and what is needed to achieve them partnered with the expertise of the team at Ray White, Ricardo strives to ensure a full circle victory for all involved.

From humble beginnings growing up in Mahia, Ricardo found solace in the ocean riding waves. At age 12, Ricardo won the Under 14 national surfing title and then went on to claim the New Zealand Open National title at age 16, the youngest on record to do so. Ricardo went on to win international World Qualifying Series events, has beaten world champions man on man and qualified for the World Championship Tour twice which has never been done by a kiwi male. Ricardo’s success as a professional surfer represents twenty years of dedication to his craft, an openness to learn, experience performing under high pressure situations and the mental toughness required to achieve his goals.

For the last 20 years as a professional surfer, Ricardo has worked for some of the biggest brands in the surf industry as a brand ambassador, where his main role was to market their company and products. This meant having a clear understanding of the company and their goals, understanding their product, identifying their target market and then coming up with the best way to connect everyone together. Ricardo’s approach to real estate is very similar.

Ricardo, a Gisborne and Mahia local has an ever-growing appreciation for people and has always taken it upon himself to try be a positive influence in his local, national and international community. Ricardo mentors up and coming surfers, supports environmental issues he believes in, promotes health and well-being with his family and is a passionate advocate for use of the ocean to help people through their mental health issues.

Ricardo is no stranger to putting himself around the right people in order to best achieve his goals, that’s why he chose Ray White Gisborne to work alongside the best team in the field, Shelley Donaldson, Tom Harbott and Alan Thorpe. 

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