I am twenty-five years old and grew up in Alaska. I spent my summers commercial fishing with my
parents out of a small town called Elfin Cove and my winters in Fairbanks. I now spend my winters in
Lake Tahoe, CA and ride Squaw Valley, in the summer I still fish. I love snowboarding.
Growing up in Alaska taught me to love snow, to play hard outdoors, to be safe in the wilderness, and
to work hard. And that is also all about snowboarding.
Winter comes to Fairbanks the first of October and we still find snow in the fjiords where I grew up fishing
in Southeast Alaska into June. I can't think of a winter when I wasn't riding on sleds or skis or inner tubes
or even just my snow boots. When I strapped into my first snowboard at age 12 I knew I had found IT!
Since then I've put in my time, 110 + days straight in ’07-’08 and ’08-‘09, I ride Squaw Valley in the
winters, and Haines and Juneau in the spring.
Back in Fairbanks where my family spent our winters we hiked Cleary Summit and Ester
Dome as often as we rode the areas, but one fall the owner at local ski area Moose Mountain said
we could build our own jumps. For two weeks as the snow readied to fall, my friends Morgan and
Erik and I hauled hay bales and shaped kickers. By morning the moose would have eaten half our
ramp and we'd start again. That was the early hard work I've put into boarding. Now the split
board has opened a whole new world for hard work, hiking, climbing, winter camping and riding.
Summers I still work in Alaska out of a village called Elfin Cove, though now I captain my own boat.
Repeated 20 hour days, hauling, cleaning, and icing salmon and halibut are grueling work. I learned early
to look up from the grind whenever a humpback swims by, to watch the Peregrin falcons dive and the
orcas breach, and admire the shape of the waves. I feel it is important to enjoy nature. It's like that when
I put in that extra training run even though my quads are screaming or when I'm slogging behind Jeremy
up another rise of the mountain even steeper than the last.
I've won three second places and a third place finish at the North Face Masters big mountain snowboard
tour, and came in 3rd last year at the Freeride World Tour at Squaw Valley. I am currently sponsored by:
Patagonia, Jones snowboards, RED, Anon, Kombi, Aurora Projekt, Alaska Powder Descents, One Ball Jay,
porterstahoe.com, and dedicatebrand.com.
Putting smooth clean riding at high speed with tricks interlaced is what I am all about. I had a
cameo in Standard's Films' movie, “Draw the Line”, in 2007 and a starring role in Jeremy Jones’
film, “DEEPER”, which came out this fall.