I taught myself to ride a bike when I was 3 years old. Ever since, the bike and I have been inseparable. I’ve raced World Cups and World Championships, traveled to far flung regions of the globe, and explored my own backyard, all due to the power of the bike. I’ve been riding and racing with the Kona squad since 2003, and each and every year is the best one yet.
RIDER NEWSMORE FROM THE COG
DATE OF BIRTH11/15/1981
RIDING WITH KONA SINCE2003
KONAS IN YOUR QUIVERHonzo, Hei Hei, Process 153 29 C, Super Jake
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I grew up in the mountains of Oregon, and live on the beach in California.
DO YOUR BIKES REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL SETUP TRICKS TO MAKE THEM “JUST RIGHT”?
All my bikes have super-secret additions and modifications, and super wide handlebars because I am an ape-like human.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?
Exploring new ventures with the Kona Adventure Team, and telling compelling stories along the way.
WHO IS THE CYCLIST YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Kris Sneddon, because he always gives 100 percent no matter what.
WHERE WAS THE BEST PLACE YOU RODE IN 2018?
Riding from the lowest point of Death Valley to the Mt. Whitney Trail head was awful and amazing at the same time.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
WHAT ACTOR/ACTRESS WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN A MOVIE?
Matt Damon in a wig
HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?
tall. fun. goofy.
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2018
We were on a trip on Vancouver Island in August with the Kona Adventure team. Cory had taken us on a ride that was "about 65 miles" that turned out to be about 100 miles. We had planned to camp on the beach, but were so cracked by the time we got to our destination we splurged on a hotel room. As we rode up to the room, Kris had the keys and decided to toss them up the stair to me. He missed, and they ended up on the roof. Luckily the door was unlocked anyways, but those moments between losing the keys and opening the door defined the trip in all its absurdity and variation.
Would you like more time or more money?
Time is money
Would you rather have no internet or no cellphone?
If I had a cell phone I could still talk to people in real life rather than look at pictures of hem on Instagram.
Would you rather be invisible or the have the ability to fly?
It’s not even a question
Pancakes or French Toast?
Would you rather have a winter of rain or a winter of snow?
I love to shred POW!