Richie Vaculik, aka Richie Vas grew up in Sydney's beachside suburb of Maroubra, and was hooked on the ocean at an early age. He quickly became a member of the Maroubra Boardriders Association and taken under the wings of big wave surfers Koby Abberton and Mark Mathews. Vas followed them around the world chasing big waves throughout his teenage years. Vas always enjoyed training and trying to stay fit out of the water, and at age 18 was introduced to Brazilian Ju Jistu. He loved this new sport and found it a great way to stay fit in between chasing big waves. Vas started competing in Ju Jistu and had some early success. This, along with an interest in boxing led Vas to experiment with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). With a few early wins he was hooked and now credits MMA to changing his life for the better. Vas currently holds a professional MMA record of 9-1 and the PWP Bantamweight Title. In 2012, he tried out for UFC's The Ultimate Fighter, The Smashes and was lucky enough to be selected as apart of team Australia as a Lightweight to take on team United Kingdom. In 2011, Richie Vas was part of a film called "Fighting Fear,” a documentary style film based on Vas and close friend Mark Mathews. As a result of the film, Vas and Mathews now have a reality-based TV show called "The Crew" on FuelTV, which follows Vas, Mathews and Macario de Souza (the director of Fighting Fear and a musician under Kid Mac) and their attempts at achieving their goals in MMA, big wave surfing and music.