Ryan Hipwood (Hippo) was born August 23. 1985, on Australia’s Gold Coast. Ryan has always ha a strong competitive streak and passion for sports, and at 8 years old he discovered his passion for surfing.
As an accomplished free-surfer, Ryan found his niche in the world of Big Wave Surfing. In 2009 Ryan was runner up in the Billabong XXL Big Wave awards for his monster wave ridden at Shipsterns, Tasmania. The very same wave that almost took his life.
Ryan is always pushing the line and constantly seeking out 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.