Hometown Langley, British Columbia Years Competing 11
Team Morpheus Cycles
Discipline Slope style, Dirt Jump
Honors 6th place Crankworx Slope Style, 1st UDUG 2011, 1st Red Bull Round up
How does FOX contribute to your success?
FOX keeps my wheels on the ground and help to soak up the big hits when I need them too. They give me the confidence that no matter what kind of situation I get myself into, they will easily stand up to the challenge.
Tell us about your best race or event and how it changed you.
My best event finish that changed me was Crankworx slope style in 2009. I made super finals and it gave me the self knowledge that I could compete with the world's best and preform really well. It was a real shock since I grew up watching all the other riders in videos and at contests hoping to one day be like them.
Tell us about your bike/vehicle setup.
I am running Morpheus Cycles full line of gravity bikes. All equipped with FOX shocks, Industry Nine wheels, Maxxis rubber, Formula brakes, and Race Face components.
What else is in your garage?
A bunch of other useless stuff that just takes up room from putting more bike in. I have piles of bike gear piled on top of bike gear, really need to get that organized.
What's your training regimen?
My training regimen consists of a lot of time just on the bike. Any bike, whether it is my hardtail or slope bike, or if I am hitting up downhill laps, I have really been stoked lately on my all mountain bike. I usually workout 3-5 times a week, gym or at home, and the other major part and the biggest is nutrition.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
Most recent major injury was my shoulder. I broke the scapula and tore a bunch of muscle and ligaments. Only way through something like that is to rehab it properly and to stay positive.
What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
Pre-ride meal is usually some thing that hits the spot and is balanced between protein and carbs.
How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
This year I am following the Free Ride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMBWT) and picking events to attend is really as simple as the logistics of getting to them.
What motivated you to get started professionally?
What motivated me to try and be a professional was another friend who was trying to do the same.
What separates you from other professional athletes?
What separates me from other pros is I feel I have more knowledge to the inside of the sport and I am very calculated when I ride, some people say they can see the gear turning when I am looking at something.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
If I was not riding my bike I would either be in school going for either an engineering or architectural degree, or I would be working in construction of some sort.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
The best part about being a professional is that my day job is what I love to do.
What other sports are you interested in?
I am really into supercross. I grew up racing motocross with my dad and I have always loved it!
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
My advice to people trying to make it pro is to stay positive, things do not always go your way, skill will only take you so far, hard work is the rest, people always notice hard work, it will pay off in the end.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Favorite magazines are definitely Decline and Bike, so many awesome stories and sick pictures! Pinkbike.com and Vitalmtb.com take the cake for websites since they always have new content up!
Favorite movie quote?
Who has time for movies when there are bikes to ride!
Are you a Mac or PC? I own a PC but my Mac is arriving Wednesday!