Before I found my first love, the ocean, I grew up in the swamps swimming with alligators instead of sharks living in my quiet little town of Melbourne, Florida. I’ve always been involved with many sports, but when I was 10 I saw my uncle surfing for the first time and instantly knew that it was going to become my life. Little did I know after bringing it up to my dad that he surfed for most of his life and stopped just before I was born, so we went down the pawn shop, bought two boards, and the rest is history. I was hooked, surfing took over. I knew that from the moment I caught my first wave I had found my true passion. I took the rains and never stopped.
Since then, I’ve traveled up and down both coasts of the United States, almost all of Central America, and Japan searching and seeking new waves, culture, and that’s not going to be the end of it. One of the highlights of my surfing career at the moment is when I flew to Japan to do my first WLT contest on my 18th birthday last year! But my favorite surf destination has to be Panama, it’s one of the most beautiful and untamed places I’ve ever been.
When you’re out in the water looking back at the beach it looks like something out of Jurassic Park. The water is crystal clear, the beaches uninhabited be people, the only natives are the animals that call that beach home. Pure beauty and the waves are absolutely incredible. No one out and hundreds of different breaks from beach, point, rock, reef you name it they have it there. However, my favorite surfing moment would have to be surfing Wilderness in Puerto Rico on a massive day and taking off on this easy 18-20ft set, pulling up under the lip, and just standing inside this massive barrel looking up at the lip curling well over my head and just thinking how lucky I am to be here in this moment. Wilderness is a massive open ocean right that can peal for up to 400 yards, the reason it’s my favorite place to surf is because it’s a very versatile wave. I’ve ridden anywhere from a log and twin fin fish to a 6’6 step and 9’9 gun there. When its small its a perfect log wave for nose riding, even up to a foot or two overhead you can ride a fish. Winter time there though you put those away and break out the heavy artillery. I’ve surfed anywhere from 12-16ft on my step and 20-25ft on my gun there. You could literally ride your whole quiver at one place! I’ve spent the last 7 months in Southern California to train and evolve my skill level. I’ve been surfing anywhere from PB point, O-Side Harbor, San O, Malibu, C Street, and Pleasure Point. No matter where I surf, one thing will always be the same about every session, you will always see me with a smile from ear to ear and always pushing myself to the next level. I believe that you can always improve and never stop growing with anything. I’m always striving to do better and be the best I can be. I’ve had a lot of influences and people I’ve aspired to be, but the top three that I’ve taken the most from would be of course the man himself CJ, Harley Ingleby, and Tom Carrol.
I love traveling the world with these boards. A few of the main models from CJ I ride are the 9’6 and 10 sprout, 9’4 slasher, and 8’3 Colapintail. Both the 9’6 and 10’0″ Sprout are two of the easiest nose riders I’ve ever had, but not only are they insane on the nose I can still step on the tail and turn them on a dime. The 9’4 slasher is my ideal beach break log. No matter the size or shape of the waves, with the slasher can sit in any pocket, trim through any section, and generate speed on anything you throw at it. Finally, the 8’3 Colapintail is what I call the Swiss Army Knife of mid-lengths. I can sit up in the tightest pocket, fit in any barrel, do technical turns, punt out of the water, nose ride, and trim and glide through any section a wave throws at me. Need I say more.