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Richard Woolcott
Richard Woolcott

Richard Woolcott


Costa Mesa, CA USA

"You're not going to be the best you can be unless you're confident and balanced within yourself."

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Richard's work combines: Action Sports, Entrepreneurship, and Being Physically Active

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Day In The Life


I co-founded Volcom, bringing together surf, skate, and snowboard culture and supporting the lifestyle.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business Administration and Management, General

    Pepperdine University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    He'd been training to become a professional surfer when he fell and broke his neck.

  • 2.

    The accident took him out of the surfing circuit, but he knew he still wanted to be involved in the industry.

  • 3.

    He'd already had a business sense, so he took that, his knowledge of the surf industry, and his competitive impulse, and started Volcom.

  • 4.

    They knew what they wanted the company to be, but when it came to the technical aspects of production, they essentially just faked it until they made it.

  • 5.

    When asked what he would've done if Volcom hadn't succeeded, he says, "there was a never a day I thought Volcom was gonna fail."

  • 6.

    Even when they were trying to get the business off the ground and losing money, he still had faith in his vision.

  • 7.

    Says that while it was great to have his parents' support, at the end of the day, you can't be living for anybody else.

  • 8.

    He warns that what you like doing now might not be what you like doing in five or 10 years, but says that evolution in thought is "the beauty of life."