Date of Birth:
Wednesday, May 16, 1990
Comet Skateboards, Orangatang Wheels, Ojoom Pucks
How did you get into skateboarding?:
My buddy and I wanted to try street luge, but our homemade rigs were super sketchy so we bought longboards and tried laying down on them. We soon realized that standing up was much more easy and fun! So we would tighten our trucks until they wouldn't turn, and started to hunt for bigger and faster hills to bomb (without knowing how to slide or foot break). A few months later I was introduced to a crew of long boarders that were more knowledgeable about the sport. They showed me how to make slide gloves, and how to slow down by carving and sliding. I got into tech sliding and went to a slide clinic hosted by Johnny Miller and Cliff Colman back in 2006 and I was instantly hooked. The rad people, the supportive vibe, and the long boarding culture as a whole took over my life from that point on.
What are your most memorable times skateboarding?:
Maryhill 2007 was the most fun I have ever had skateboarding. Period. Big thanks to Pete Eubank's dad for driving us all the way from LA to Goldendale Washington! Falling at Barret Junction and rupturing my kidney's ureter, while suffering a sever concussion, taught me to never take life for granted and to ALWAYS wear a CPSC certified helmet NOT SOFT FOAM!!! My first time in Nor-Cal for the Berkley Slopestyle was awesome. I got to meet Davis, Justin, Liam, and Blake for the first time, and got to skate some gnarly steep roads. Also skating the epic 12 miles of downhill at Mosquito and meeting more nor-cal buddies.
Which skateboarders have influenced you the most?:
Adam Colton- and I'm not just saying that because I watched his videos on youtube. Without Adam I probably would have quit skateboarding a long time ago. When I was hating life wobbling down hills on my flat spotted coned to shit wheels, he gave me the wheels off his own board. He would shred harder than anyone I had ever seen in person or in videos and he would be super humble about it. When skating with Adam I felt encouraged rather than intimidated, he would always get stoked when we would learn something new, and would laugh away any negative energy. When I was in need of a sponsor, he was the one that introduced me to Comet, and if it wasn't for Adam I would probably still be passing out newspapers from 2:00am- 4:00am and working crappy jobs. He pushes people not only in skateboarding, but in life. Being passionate about what you do is what it's all about, Thank you Adam!!!
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What advice do you give to a new rider?:
Wear a helmet even if people call you a kook, because a kook is better than being paralyzed or dead. If you want to progress, you are going to fall... even if you are a pro. Find people that skate better than you, and skate with them as much as possible.