I was born a third generation waterman. Growing up in Southern California, most of my family where surfers, sailors, divers, or all three. I was introduced to the ocean and surfing by my father who was an avid surfer,sailor and lifeguard for most of his life. My father was introduced to the ocean lifestyle by my grandfather who was a master sailor who competed in several Trans Pacific races from California to Hawaii.
At 15 years old I learned to shape, looking up to the local shapers which included Zen Del Rio, Joe Bark, Angelo Ferrara, and Chris Lundy. At an early age I knew Hawaii would eventually be my home and after high school I caught the first plane to the islands to start my new life. I have called Hawaii home since 1988.