I live my life trying to spend more time in the air than on the ground.
I was born in Boise, Idaho and grew up spending time both there and Salt Lake City, Utah. My father was a fighter pilot and I was exposed to aviation at a very early age. My family was always trying to spend time outdoors and this is where I developed a deep affection for the mountains. I saw paragliding for the first time when I was 11 and thought it was the perfect way to bring the mountains and flying together. I took my first flight on my 19th birthday and have been hooked ever since.
In 2007 I joined the Ozone Paragliders demonstration team and started helping the company with glider testing. I stopped through Jackson, WY to do a demonstration and immediately was blown away by the flying potential of this special mountain town. I asked the local tandem company for a job, and was back a to move in with a very generous friend a week later. I haven’t missed a summer since. I absolutely love living in a community minded town with such great access to the outdoors and a plethora of ways to enjoy them.
I have competed in paragliding aerobatics, speed riding, and adventure racing. I won the overall aerobatic excellence award in 2011 at Acrofest in New Zealand, I came in first in the Outer Local Games and the Jackson Hole Mountain Games, both in Jackson, WY. I travelled to Austria with a team of Jackson locals to compete against 125 other teams in the Redbull Dolomitimann and came in 7th in my class.
Even after flying full time for over a decade I am still amazed every time my feet leave the ground. It’s a dream come true that we live in an age where we have the technology to grab an aircraft that fits in small backpack, head out your door and up a hill and within minutes can be airborne, riding air currents that can keep you up for hours. It gives me a feeling of freedom and limitless possibilities that I get no other way.