I was born in the small town of Occoquan, Virginia. When I was 5 years old our family moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida where I have lived ever since. I was the typical sunburnt barefoot beach kid and I was usually either surfing, skateboarding or riding my bmx bike. In 1976 the first skateboard park in the country conveniently opened up in Port Orange, FL a meer 15 minutes away. In a contest later that year I competed against all age groups and won the title of Florida State Freestyle Champion at the young age of 11. I turned professional at 14 yrs old and traveled the country for several years entering vertical and bowlriding contests and doing demo's. I had a signature model deck with Markel Skateboards and was best known in the skateboard world for inventing the "Layback Invert" (aka: Layback Air).

After Graduating from New Smyrna Beach High School in 1982 I attended Daytona Beach Community College where I eventually earned my A.S. Degree in Graphic Arts and Advertising Design. At this point in my life I was also heavily into customizing Volkswagens. I was working part time at an Auto Body Shop and had several custom VW Bugs and Sand Rails. My first job as a graphic artist was with Creativision, Inc. in Holly Hill, FL. There I was introduced to computer graphics while it was in it's infancy during the mid 80's. I immediately became fascinated with the computer and found it's capabilties for creating artwork to be limitless. I'm a true Mac fanatic and have always worked exclusively on Apple Computers. Around this same time I was also doing some airbrush art and spraying custom surfboards part time. In the 90's I discovered Snowboarding and had instantly fallen in love with it. I was working fulltime as a Graphic Artist and saving all my money for snowboard trips in the winter. Being addicted to snowboarding and living in Florida was not an ideal situation.

After attending a couple skateboard reunions 7 years ago I was motivated to start riding and competing again at the age of 37. The "FloridaSkater.com" website was responsible for reuniting and motivating hundreds of skaters such as myself to return to the sport they love so much. In April of 2002 I was honored to be one of 12 charter members inducted into the newly formed "Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame". I am also Art Director and co-owner of Soul Trip Skateboards which is currently producing my "Man's Ruin II" Pro Model skateboard. Over the last 5 years I've been involved with the NSB Skatepark committee trying to get a first class skateboard park built in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I can't think of a better way to give something back to my hometown than helping to provide a facility where people of all ages can discover and enjoy the greatest art form in the world... skateboarding!

I've now been working in the Daytona Beach, FL area for over 23 years as a Graphic Artist. I was employed at Daytona Trophy, Inc. for 18 years, the last 9 of those years I was their Art Director. More recently I have been making a living working from home doing Freelance work. Artistic ability seems to run in my family, I've always had the desire to be creative for as long as I can remember. I've never wanted to blend in and have always tried to do things differently.

These days I spend my spare time creating websites, editing video & continuing to ride my skateboard as much as possible. I am now 44 yrs old and the last several years of my life have been some of the best so far. For those who understand it and live the lifestyle skateboarding is the true fountain of youth. I've had many different interests in my life but deep down inside I've always known that first and foremost I will always be a skateboarder.

Interviews and more Info:

2001 Interview on FloridaSkater.com

2008 interview with Igor Miklousic from kolektivmag.com
(Croatian action sports lifestyle magazine)


2009 interview with Coping Block Skatezine CopingBlock.com

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