Home Mountain: Vail
Sponsors: SIMS Snowboards/Outerwear, Smith Optics and, Yea.Nice, Ravinos
When you aren't shredding what are you up to? Skating and lounging around the house watching movies.
Which 12/13 SIMS board do you prefer to ride? I have been loving the Protocol this year. It's perfect for riding pipe, pow and park. I really like how it floats in the pow but is very responsive while carving hard packed.
What are your goals for the 12/13 season? My goals for this season coming up is to make finals in all the contests that I enter, ride as much pow as possible, shoot a lot of photos with Zach Hooper and stay healthy.
What is your first memory of the SIMS brand? My first memory of the SIMS brand would be when my first snowboard coach Jake Jaffa had a SIMS board and I saw him ride it everyday when I was in 6th grade.
What was the first trick you mastered? I am pretty sure it was either an indy or a method but I think my first spin was a front side 180.
Where is your favorite place to ride your SIMS board and why? I would say my favorite place that I ride my SIMS board would either be in Breckenridge's park or riding pow in Vail.
How many snowboarding related broken bones have you accumulated? The only time that I had broken a bone from snowboarding was at the Canadian Open in 2011 where I broke four metatarsal bones in my foot, after landing heavy on my back foot. The funny thing was I did not know my foot was broken until 2 months after it had happened, all I knew was it hurt really bad. But I still snowboarded on it almost everyday for 2 months.
Are there any weird rituals you do before a contest? I close my eyes and visualize my run and then stand up and clap my hands and tell my self I got this and then drop in.
What are you studying in school right now? Sociology and Criminology; so I can try and get into Law School in the future.
You've been riding with the Vail team for a long time, how has that helped your snowboarding career? Yeah, I have been riding with the Vail team for about seven years now and it has been great. The coaching staff there is top notch with having some of the best coaches in the world. I work a lot with Ben Boyd who runs the program and his two right hand guys Brady McNeil and Michael Slaughter. It is also really nice that the Vail teams have personal trainers to whip you into shape during the off-season and they have private on snow facilities during the pre season. The best part about being the Vail team is that they manage all of our travel, and since I am not 25 I cant really rent a car so its nice that they can do all that for us.