Here is a little background info on my life:
I was born in South Carolina in 1986 and lived there until I was 7. I moved to Texas after living in Montana and Guatemala briefly and stayed in Texas until I finished High School. Upon graduating I quickly moved to Portland, OR. I spent one year at University of Portland and was not very happy with it. I took a year off and established recidency then started going to PSU to study Graphic Design. Right now I am a Senior in the design program and am very close to being done.
The first skateboard I ever had was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Skateboard (I think…) that I got in South Carolina when I was too young to know what to do with it. Once I moved to Texas I upgraded to a Nash board and started making small plywood and 2×4 jumps to go off of. Eventually I got my first real skateboard deck from World Boards in Bozeman, MT. It was an Alien Workshop board with flame griptape on it. Pretty badass. I dabbled in street skating and some mini-ramp stuff but never got too good at it. Towards the end of High School I got into BMX then Rock Climbing and skating took the backseat until I moved to Portland.
I had always heard of the Burnside skatepark and wanted to ride my bike there. Everybody has heard rumors of the gnarly/tough locals there so I was a little hesitant. I got down there at 7am one morning planning to ride my bike but people were already skating. Since I had an old skateboard in my car (which was an ambulance at the time) I decided to bust it out. Once I got in the park I realized how gnarly it really was. It was truly inspiring to see a skatepark built with big vert walls and rollers, hips and spines everywhere. After that day I started going back to Burnside once a week in the morning with my skateboard.
Although I didn’t like going to U.P., my time there was not ill-spent. I had my parents ship my old longboard up from Texas and started cruising around on that. During a trip to Montana I bought a Sector 9 dvd called Bomb Hills Not Countries. It was a big mix of skating and it had a short clip with Danny Connor doing some downhill racing in New Mexico. I was very impressed by seeing the downhill stuff and kinda wanted to start doing it (not thinking I’d ever be able to truly bomb a hill). Eventually I got a proper downhill board (and some slide gloves) and began checking out all the lovely hills that Portland has to offer. Which eventually led me to Zoobomb. Once I met up with the Zoo Crew I was hooked. Late night shenanigans, goofy/fun people, high speed bombing on crazy contraptions. How can you not love that?!? Once I started hanging out with the Zoobombers my life started going downhill (in a good way).
Recently, I’ve gotten back into climbing and am stoked to go hit some real cliffs whenever the weather is nice. I’m not quite as strong as I used to be but I enjoy it just the same. Been spending lots of time out at Rocky Butte working on routes that people have climbed almost 40 years ago.
Not sure how to end a post that is background info about me… I guess I will just leave it unfinished so I can come back and edit it once more cool stuff happens. Until then, I will be hanging out doing the Portland thing.