The third installment brings us Richie ‘Vas’ Vaculik. Slab rider, professional MMA fighter, former ne’er-do-well.
Richie’s one of those people who played it fast and loose during his youth, until severe consequences reared their ugly head. Pretty typical, most of us don’t possess much foresight during our early years. Ask a teenager why they did something stupid and you’ll almost always get a sullen, “I don’t know.”
Nowadays Richie is a more level headed individual. Heaving himself into hideous slabs, competing at the top level of the MMA featherweight division, still laying carpet in his free time. Hard worker, hard charger. He trains and spearfishes, chases his dreams.
We talked about the mental ramifications of being a small man, his penchant for public nudity, showing Kelly Slater his penis, training in Thailand, working his way up from tiny local venues to the UFC. We discussed growing up in rough and tumble Maroubra, fear, his response to it, how our flaws and failures shape us into worthwhile human beings.
Richie Vaculik is a funny, intelligent, man. I am very happy we were able to make this happen.