Hometown Santa Cruz, CA Years Competing 8
Nicknames Double or Nothing
Team Haro/Rockstar Energy
Discipline Slopestyle, Dirt Jump, Freeride
Honors 2009 Crankworx slopestyle champion, 2008 and 2010 Crankworx Best Trick champion, Goatstyle 2010 champion, AT's Showdown 2010 and 2011 champion, Ranchstyle 2011 champion
How does FOX contribute to your success?
I Have ridden for other suspension companies in the past, and I think that the best difference is reliability. When I go to a contest, I need to know that my suspension will be able to hold up and perform flawlessly, and with FOX, I don't even need to question it. I have full confidence that my suspension will work and feel amazing at every obstacle I throw it at.It's just a reassuring feeling that there's one less thing that can go wrong.
Tell us about your bike/vehicle setup.
Right now I am riding a Haro Thread hardtail frame, with a FOX Kashima Coat 831 fork. I tried to make it as light as possible this year and the help of Easton components, Sdg, Maxxis tires, Shimano as well as FOX Suspension made it pretty easy to do.
What else is in your garage?
I have a lot of junk in my garage. I live with a few roommates, and we all have 110 motorcycles, skateboards, fishing poles, and golf clubs. I also have a ktm exc350 dual sport motorcycle to cruise around. Basically a cornucopia of fun haha.
What's your training regimen?
In the winter time I try to ride every day that I can, and work on new tricks for the season to come. I ride some DH and a whole lot of dirt jumps. I try to make it to Woodward at least a few times a year to train in the foam pit. I also go to the gym when I can.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
I have had a couple of random broken bones, and a separated shoulder, but nothing too serious up until the beginning of 2012 where I broke my C1 and T3 vertebrae. It has been my longest healing time to date, and the most immobile I have been. With any injury the key to recovery is physical therapy and a good mindset for the future.
What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
Typically before a contest, I try not to eat anything heavy, and not too close to the start time. Diet in slopestyle contests isn't a huge deal, but it helps to not have a full stomach.
How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
I basically follow the events of the FMB world tour and compete in as many of those as possible. if none of those conflict with fun events, I try to hit those up as well such as DH races and random local jump contests.
What motivated you to get started professionally?
I grew up in Santa Cruz, so there was always a lot of competition coming from the locals. When I first started riding I would just try to keep up with my brother, and his friends. Turns out his friends were Cameron and Tyler McCaul and Jamie Goldman haha. Once I started riding with them, it just came naturally.
What separates you from other professional athletes?
I think my confidence in myself is hard to match. Whether I can back it up or not is another question, but I try haha.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
Probably still riding and doing the same stuff, but just not between 9 and 5
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Being able to travel around the world and do what you love!
What other sports are you interested in?
Moto, golf, hockey, baseball, football, and anything else I can get my hands on
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Keep it fun. As soon as the fun factor goes away, you wont be able to truely enjoy it to the fullest.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Vital MTB, Decline, Bike, Facebook, Youtube etc.
Favorite movie quote?
"Where we're going we don't need roads" Doc Brown in Back to the Future.
Who is your hero?
My dad and Cameron ZInk. They are both a little nuts, but in a good way
Are you a Mac or PC? Mac
Top 3 bands Metallica, Lady Gaga, Billy Talent
Greatest strength Avoiding ex girlfriends
Most frustrating challenge Avoiding ex girlfriends