Russ was born and lived in Oahu, Hawaii until he was five-years-old. Playing in the ocean in and around the North Shore hooked him into surfing for life. Addicted to the ocean and the adrenaline rush it brings, Russ combined them both passions to be a big wave surfer, his ultimate dream job.
After graduating from high school, his main priority was trying to surf the biggest and heaviest waves possible. "I'm really looking forward to pushing my limits in big waves and traveling the world, doing what I love," Russ stated. Since that time, Russ has gone onto qualify for the WSL Big Wave Tour, win the Redbull Cape Fear event, receive several Big Wave and Heavy Water awards and win the movie of the year for Flow State. Now he is one of the best big wave surfers in the world and widely regarded by his peers as the premium slab (heavy reef break) riders on the planet. We look forward to the road ahead and seeing what Russ goes on to achieve in the world of big wave riding.