Ricardo Christie: ready to storm the World Surf League | Photo: ASP/Robertson

Richard Christie is the first Kiwi surfer to qualify for the elite of surfing, since Maz Quinn reached the ASP World Tour, in 2002.

The surfer from Gisborne, who gets called "Ricardo" by his brothers, waited an agonising 16 days before being confirmed on the 2015 World Surf League.

If Alejo Muniz had won the Billabong Pipe Masters, Christie was out of the Dream Tour. The Brazilian ended up finishing fifth, and Richard was finally able to celebrate.

"It has been the longest two weeks of my life. It is really hard to have the outcome out of your hands for that long, it has been overwhelming to be honest," explains Christie.

"It has been a long road, but I am stoked to be at that next level, and now I have to start again and get ready for a big year in 2015."

Richard Christie managed to reach the World Surf League supported by several crowd funding campaigns which helped pay for essential pro surfer bills such as airline tickets and hotel stays.

The Kiwi surfer, 26, finished third at the Azores Pro, fifth at the Saquarema Pro in Brazil, and ninth at the Vans World Cup of Surfing.

Ricardo's idols include Andy Irons, Chris Ward, Dave Rastovich, John John Florence, Matt Archbold and Tom Curren. Aotearoa is now represented on the 2015 World Surf League. Let Christie shine.

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