Bike: 2021 Yamaha YZ250F and a 2022 Kawasaki KX450SR
I’m no longer racing due to an injury, but I’m going to be attending as many races as possible to provide content for riders and teams!
1. When did you first become interested in riding dirt bikes? What or who influenced your involvement?
I first got interest in riding around 4 years old. My family always kind of had bikes and I was constantly around the Moto crowd so it just kind of naturally happened. I was a kid that wanted to be like his Dad.
2. When did you begin participating? How has your involvement evolved?
I began competing in 2020 at a local AX race. Since the first time I rode a bike I wanted to race, I’ve been competitive in everything I do since I was young and always had a goal in my mind with anything I did.
3. What do you love most about racing dirt bikes?
I love the atmosphere of racing. It’s something you can’t find anywhere else or really describe to someone that hasn’t been around it. The sport is one of a kind.
4. If you had to describe riding in 5 words or less, how would you describe it?
Be ready for anything!
5. What is it about the racing dirt bikes that is most exciting to you? Competition? Risk? Innovation? Other?
Being able to push my self as hard as I can and seeing where it can take me. Not relying on a whole team to have a good day makes it more enjoyable to me. If I win I know it’s because I did what I was supposed to and if I lose I know it’s because I didn’t give it my all.
6. If you didn’t compete what else would you be doing?
For me it’s kind of an easy answer because I’m already done competing. But, content creation inside the sport! It’s given me a way to stay involved at the races and be around the sport that I love and spend time with some of my best friends that I would consider family.
7. What are your short and long term goals? What do you see yourself achieving?
Short term goals for the year are to shoot one round of SX on the floor for a media outlet and ultimately get picked up by a media outlet. Long term I want to make filming/photography into a career. Whether that means I’m shooting for the best company or if I’m barely getting by week to week it’s what I want to do and work towards.
8. How do you prepare or set yourself up for success? What do you do that is above and beyond?
Study. I watch the people around me that are doing well and try to replicate what they’re doing and I look at people who are where I want to be eventually. I try not to be realistic with my expectations and try to realize there’s always something/someone better than me. I’ve applied that mindset to a lot of aspects of my life and it’s taken me further than I could’ve ever imagined.
9. What is something people would never guess or believe about you?
People in the moto industry would probably never guess I played very high level hockey for 11 years of my life. I basically grew up in Canada playing tournaments and traveling all over the place.
10. What are the greatest obstacles you face? How do you overcome them?
I struggle horribly with fear. Seems ironic that I’d race motocross or play hockey but I have a horrible tendency of second guessing myself. I’ve started to figure out how to shut it off but still struggle with it a decent bit.
11. Have you faced critics and naysayers? How do you handle the negativity?
Every weekend! On my side of the lens there’s always someone saying something about your work and there’s 2 ways to take it… you can learn from it or you can get mad and throw a fit. I’ve learned most of the time if you’re being told something negative about what you’re doing there’s probably at least a little bit of merit to what they’re saying otherwise it wouldn’t be said.
12. What are your greatest successes?
I didn’t really race long enough to achieve much and I’m just getting started in content creation but I’m really stoked that I got hired to shoot Seattle SX!
13. What are your biggest mistakes? What did you learn from them?
My biggest mistakes are probably not listening to criticism and being lazy. I wish when I started out I would’ve asked people for criticism because now I have to work 10x harder to fix what would’ve been avoided had I listened in the first place.
14. What advice would you give to a newcomer?
Study technique and have fun. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or B class Loretta’s kid I’d say the same thing. Have a solid technique that will save you from crashes and make riding more safe and honestly more enjoyable too. Learn from the pros and what they do and apply it to your riding style. They’re all paid to ride for a reason so you can’t really go wrong with what they’re doing. If you aren’t enjoying riding or racing too you probably shouldn’t be out there! Keep it fun, it’s a sport that you can enjoy greatly if you surround yourself with the right people and have a solid mindset. Don’t let it be scary or stressful, just ease up and have some fun!
15. Who do you follow, admire or aspire to be like? Why?
Ken Roczen. Just the amount of work the guy has put in to get to where he is is absolutely mind blowing. He could’ve retired from about 5 different crashes at this point and he still comes back and puts himself on top. If I could have half the grit he has I’d be stoked.