My first sk8board experience was in 1972, in a garage in Washington state. A board with Black Knight grafix and clay wheels. I pushed around on it in the garage, found it to be challenging just to stand on, and I’ve never looked back. We moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1974 and I met a kid with the same board, and we shared it all summer ’till the wheels coned out. A couple of years later urethane wheels came out and it seemed like everyone started sk8ing. I was inspired by Jay Adams, Tony Alva, and Shogo Kubo sk8ing pools, ditches, and schools across Albuquerque.
In 1981, I went into the service for 11 years. I was stationed all around the world and visited a lot of cool places. In ’84, they sent me to Sacto and all I thought about was sk8ing again. Around then I met Don Bostick and Steve Brockway at GO SK8 and they showed me all the sk8 spots.
I went to the gulf war in ’91 and was there for 9 months. I ended up building a mini ramp on base in Daharan in my spare time. We skated it at midnight when it cooled down to 100 degrees and found tons of marble ledges and huge curbs in town and on base.
Don B. came to me one day to help move a bunch of ramps for the Sacto Burnout contest and I began helping just so I could sk8 the course. I’ve entered a lot of local shop and CASL contests, always did pretty well but was in my 30’s by then and just did it for fun. By now I’d worked with Dave Duncan and Steve-O building contest courses like all the back to the cities, and was also judging CASL contest and learning the ropes of contest organization. In ’98, they needed help in Europe… You didn’t have to ask me twice. That year I finished the tour with a new job working with the technical producers at the X-Games helping them with replays and calling tricks to make a decent show. I’ve also worked a lot with Tim Payne and Jack Murphy building and designing ramps and street courses.
Since then I’ve been a member of “World Cup Sk8boarding staff” and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve learned more from sk8boarding and its culture and the people who surround it…….it made me who I am and I wouldn’t change a thing. “Daggers for life”