Ricardo Christie: ready to do this | Photo: Josh Symon/Red Bull

Ricardo Christie is ready. New Zealand is ready. The surfer from Mahia prepares to raise the flag of his country, as the 2015 World Surf League kicks off on the Gold Coast.

He is one of the new faces of the 2015 World Surf League. Ricardo Christie will be the first Kiwi to compete in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast since Maz Quinn, in 2002. His first opponents will be Michel Bourez and Sebastian Zietz.

"It's going to be epic fun. Those boys rip so hard, and we are good friends. Hopefully we all get some good waves and the best surfer on the day comes out on top," explains Christie.

"I've been continuing my usual routine: surfing until I drop, lots of flexibility work and since being on the Gold Coast, I've been working with Wes Berg who has worked with Parko for a number of years. That has been cool."

Christie has been surfing a lot at Snapper Rocks. He wants to get used to the contest site, and be prepared for the extra pressure and emotional rollercoaster.

"I want to be connected to the line-up, to ensure I get the best opportunities to express myself and take it rail by rail, wave by wave, heat by heat until the final hooter blows," concludes Ricardo.