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“When I was a child, I used to do acrobatic type sports such as gymnastics and springboard diving. I hated field sports, and got continuously bored when playing them. Then one day, my family showed me a snowboard video called “The Melt Down Project” by Mack Dawg. I was hooked, since then all I could think about was snowboarding. I decided to quit gymnastics and diving even though I was really good at them to focus on my new passion.
When I was 11 I entered a Big Air contest in Windham Mountain NY and finished 3rd. A Burton rep saw me and started a 10 years sponsorship working my way up to riding for the Team Manager. At 16 I was competing internationally but what really shaped me as a rider was the Waterville Valley Academy. I got into podiums, won few contests and got my first real paying contract. From there on, I got more sponsors, travelled the world and was regularly on the podium of all the big events. 
But all the travelling and cumulative injuries started to catch up with me. I was feeling burnt out and almost quit when a sponsor tried to make me take a cortisone shot so that I could ride at Superpark. Luckily I didn’t quit and didn’t take the needle either. Fast forward an awkward season where I didn’t know what I wanted anymore, someone said the words “Oh, you should check out this thing called GoPro”

  • Place and date of birth: December 14th 1987 Basking Ridge NJ.
  • City where you live now: Truckee CA
  • At what age did you start your discipline? 6 years old.
  • What are the reasons for having chosen it? I walways liked acrobatic sports and hated field sports. One day we showed me a snowboard video "The Melt Down Project" and since then snowboarding was all I could think about.
  • What is your main objective in your sport career? I’ve thought of different things over the years, but lately I just want to give people the same feeling I had the first time I watched a snowboard video.  I want people to be inspired to go out and explore the mountains.  I always try to interact with and help anyone regardless of skill level or what’s on their feet.
  • What is your main objective in your personal life? To never have to work in a cubicle 9-5 every weekday with 2 weeks of vacation.
  • Do you have a particular habit, a ritual before a competition? My ritual is to not have a ritual.  I know how to do the things I’m planning to do, and I can do them just fine on any given day.  So I try to treat a contest day just like any other day, and do whatever feels natural.
  • What is your favorite competition spot? I’ve been to a lot of venues, and I would have to say LAAX is my favorite, because I have really great memories of scoring epic pow before and after contests there.
  • What is the best memory in your career? Winning the US Open Big Air and getting 2nd in Slopestyle in 2008.  It was the best because my family came to watch, and all my friends were there.  My family can’t make it out to watch any of the events out west really, so it meant a lot to me that they came out to support !
  • What is your favorite place to rest? Camping somewhere with an epic view, so the first thing I look at when I wake up is awesome!
  • What is your favorite destination for holidays? Anywhere warm that has waves in the forecast.
  • What is your favorite song, artist? I’ve been listening to a lot of chill beats lately.
  • What is your favorite movie? The Interview, and Surfer Dude.
  • What is your favorite dish? Poke Bowl restaurants in San Diego.
  • What is your favorite activity (except your sport)? Sleeping, Skating, Surfing.

Biographie

“When I was a child, I used to do acrobatic type sports such as gymnastics and springboard diving. I hated field sports, and got continuously bored when playing them. Then one day, my family showed me a snowboard video called “The Melt Down Project” by Mack Dawg. I was hooked, since then all I could think about was snowboarding. I decided to quit gymnastics and diving even though I was really good at them to focus on my new passion.
When I was 11 I entered a Big Air contest in Windham Mountain NY and finished 3rd. A Burton rep saw me and started a 10 years sponsorship working my way up to riding for the Team Manager. At 16 I was competing internationally but what really shaped me as a rider was the Waterville Valley Academy. I got into podiums, won few contests and got my first real paying contract. From there on, I got more sponsors, travelled the world and was regularly on the podium of all the big events. 
But all the travelling and cumulative injuries started to catch up with me. I was feeling burnt out and almost quit when a sponsor tried to make me take a cortisone shot so that I could ride at Superpark. Luckily I didn’t quit and didn’t take the needle either. Fast forward an awkward season where I didn’t know what I wanted anymore, someone said the words “Oh, you should check out this thing called GoPro”

Derrière la scène

  • Place and date of birth: December 14th 1987 Basking Ridge NJ.
  • City where you live now: Truckee CA
  • At what age did you start your discipline? 6 years old.
  • What are the reasons for having chosen it? I walways liked acrobatic sports and hated field sports. One day we showed me a snowboard video "The Melt Down Project" and since then snowboarding was all I could think about.
  • What is your main objective in your sport career? I’ve thought of different things over the years, but lately I just want to give people the same feeling I had the first time I watched a snowboard video.  I want people to be inspired to go out and explore the mountains.  I always try to interact with and help anyone regardless of skill level or what’s on their feet.
  • What is your main objective in your personal life? To never have to work in a cubicle 9-5 every weekday with 2 weeks of vacation.
  • Do you have a particular habit, a ritual before a competition? My ritual is to not have a ritual.  I know how to do the things I’m planning to do, and I can do them just fine on any given day.  So I try to treat a contest day just like any other day, and do whatever feels natural.
  • What is your favorite competition spot? I’ve been to a lot of venues, and I would have to say LAAX is my favorite, because I have really great memories of scoring epic pow before and after contests there.
  • What is the best memory in your career? Winning the US Open Big Air and getting 2nd in Slopestyle in 2008.  It was the best because my family came to watch, and all my friends were there.  My family can’t make it out to watch any of the events out west really, so it meant a lot to me that they came out to support !
  • What is your favorite place to rest? Camping somewhere with an epic view, so the first thing I look at when I wake up is awesome!
  • What is your favorite destination for holidays? Anywhere warm that has waves in the forecast.
  • What is your favorite song, artist? I’ve been listening to a lot of chill beats lately.
  • What is your favorite movie? The Interview, and Surfer Dude.
  • What is your favorite dish? Poke Bowl restaurants in San Diego.
  • What is your favorite activity (except your sport)? Sleeping, Skating, Surfing.