Favourite person to ride with?
Anyone who likes to push me to try new things.
Where’s your favourite place to shred?
All the amazing resorts in Austria.
Who inspires you?
Guys like Mark McMorris and Shaun White who are always pushing the limits.
What has snowboarding taught you?
That you can live a good life enjoying what you do if you work hard and never give up.
How do you mentally prepare yourself for a contest?
Knowing I’ve put in all the hard work to get results helps me feel well prepared for a contest.
What’s your favourite part about competing?
Fill in this statement: I snowboard because…
I love the rush of being airborn.
How did you get into snowboarding?
My brother. He got me started when I was 9 years old.
What’s the best contest you have ever been to?
X-Games and Sunny-Valley Russia.
When did you decide to give up school or a job to ride full time?
As soon as I knew I could snowboard for a job.
Photo: John Kunicek
What do your parents think about your career?
They are beyond proud of me. Sometimes it blows me away how stoked they are for me.
Where would you hold a contest that doesn’t already have one?
Whistler for sure!
Favourite park/pipe to ride?
Cardrona New Zealand.
What is the greatest snowboard trip you’ve done and why?
New Zealand 2011. All the new guys just got onto the team with the veterans. It was a real fun environment and we really pushed each other and had a great time.
Is there any place in the world you have not yet been snowboarding, but have always wanted to?
I’ve always wanted to go snowboard in Alaska.
What’s your best travel tip?
Pack lighter then you think because on the road no one cares what you look like.
Funny travel story:
One time I was playing DD driver coming back from Queenstown NZ to Wanaka one night. We arrived home late around 4am and my front seat passenger Jake Holden didn’t want to get out of the car when we arrived home. We woke up the next morning and there Jake was sleeping in the car with his seat belt on with the bottle of Jager I had won the day before placed nicely between his legs sound asleep. He still didn’t want to wake up and come sleep in bed.
Where’s your one bucket-list spot to travel to?
Which place had the best/weirdest food?
Best food is definitely in New Zealand.
How do you follow your nutrition plan on the road?
I bring along the daily necessities I need, vitamins and protein.
Who is the best travel buddy on the national team?
It was Rob Fagan.
What music do you have on your playlist?
A little DJ Snake, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne.
If there was one song to introduce you as your theme song, what would it be?
I’m me – Lil Wayne.
When not riding, I’m:
Going to the gym to train, riding BMX on my track at home, playing tennis with my parents, going to the beach and boating/wakeboarding/wakesurfing.
In five years I hope to be:
Working in Real Estate and sales for myself.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
You need to be able to lose before you can learn to win.
Favourite place you have ever been to and why?
Australia because you can snowboard and surf in the same seasons and its not freezing. Australia also has some of the best and healthiest food in the world.
Other than snowboarding, do you have a favourite sport?
Too many to list, I’d say Tennis and then BMX biking.