Richard was born in Latvia, Riga – in one of the three Baltic countries. Geography being his favorite subject in school, he realized in his teens that he wants to travel and see as much of the world as possible. After successfully finishing student exchange program in New Zealand, he went working at sea, since it was ideal way to see new places. Richard has worked with different type and size boats ever since. He is very fond of the ocean and marine mammals. Having spent time working as underwater videographer in Asia and kayak instructor in St. Martin he decided to come to Norway and see some Arctic beauty. In Norway he has been driving boats for whale safaris in Tromso and working as a Northern Lights guide in Northern Norway.