Weapon of Choice: Snowboard
How old are you and where are you from? I'm only as old as I act, originally from NJ, currently 'living' in Tahoe, but I'm at home in the company of quality friends wherever I go.
When did you start snowboarding? I started riding in 1994. I was 7 years old, and my brother brought home a copy of Mack Dawg's The Melt Down Project on VHS. I was hooked. I probably watched that movie 3 to 5 times a day.
Why do you snowboard? I was no good at little league, soccer was slightly better, and my dad was a tennis pro, but I didn't like it for some reason. There was something about being contained to a square box that just didn't do it for me. I got into Gymnastics and Springboard Diving at first because I liked hucking myself into the air. I was really good at them, but I quit because I wasn't a fan of having to do a certain routine or choosing dives from a pre-set list. Snowboarding always had that appeal of freedom for me to do it my own way, as well as the exploration aspect. Half the fun is trying to find new and different things to snowboard on.
Who is your biggest influence in snowboarding? When I was about to throw in the towel on snowboarding, and go to college, Andrew Mutty, who was currently the Flow Snowboarding TM called me offering the golden ticket. We traveled all over the world to different contests and photo shoots. He taught me everything I know about the snowboarding industry, and that knowledge is what keeps me able to ride for a living today.
Who is your biggest life influence? Obviously my parents, but beyond them, Bill Enos played a big part in shaping me into who I am today. He's been referred to as the Yoda of Snowboarding. Bill was the 2014 Sochi Olympic snowboard Slopestyle coach, but I first met him at a very impressionable age of 15. My public school was ready to kick me out due to missing too much class because I was starting to compete internationally. He was the director of Waterville Valley Academy's snowboard program, which is a winter school that's built for kids like me who needed to get around their public school's stupid limit of missing a certain amount of days before they hold you back. Bill was the type of person who I really respected a lot, which kept me pretty straight in life because I never wanted to have him be disappointed in me.
What is your favorite ODT product? I like All of Outdoor Technology's products, but I'm the most stoked on the DJ Slims bluetooth headphones. I like listening to music while I snowboard, and the DJ Slims are perfect because they have a flexible headband that can form to my head under my goggle strap, and stand up to the impact when I don't stomp a landing. Since the DJ Slim Headphone uses bluetooth to connect to my phone for playing music, I don't have any cables running up through my jacket either!