Water and Storytelling
I grew up in Los Angeles, California, specifically Venice Beach. I started surfing when I was ten, and always had a passion to be around the water. Where I grew up there weren’t many surfers, and the local community was barely surfing oriented. The business and diversity of the city took away from surfing as a practice, something I wanted to get better at and pursue. There were local contests and few surfers, but in reality, the waves never got that good. It forced me to travel outside my home to chase waves. In my high school there was only one other kid I surfed with and it wasn’t until I moved to Santa Cruz for college that I saw my surfing go to the next level. I found myself for my first time out at Mavericks when I was 18 and since have always been chasing bigger and better surf.
After finishing college, I moved to Hawaii unexpectedly and became a lifeguard with Honolulu Ocean Safety. Living here has also helped me improve with my abilities in the water, the friends I’ve made and the people I work with use the coastline to their advantage, surfing, diving, sailing, bodysurfing, foiling, they use the ocean in ways I would’ve never experienced back home. After surfing so much and spending so much time with communities who love the water, my attention will be more focussed on the stories of others.
In the coming years, I want to use my knowledge to help shed light on people that are inspiring, especially surfers. I never plan on leaving the water and want to use my skills to spread Aloha and the stories of those unknown. You can read some of my stories and some videos I’ve made in the website link attached to my profile.