Man, what to say about 26. If you’ve been following me on this adventure I call life over the last few years, you’d probably agree this past year has been one for the memory books. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for the opportunities and people that have helped make this past year one of, if not the most incredible year of my life.
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Starting back in November of 2011, I had an amazing opportunity to attend my first ever press intro in Knoxville Tennessee with Kawasaki Motor Corporation. I was asked to ride and rate the all new Teryx 4 UTV for ATVsource.com. The experience was unreal and Kawasaki put on one heck of an intro. What’s more, I had the opportunity to meet and make several new friends among the ATV media. Being able to work with manufacturers and be considered somewhat of a “peer” to people who’s work I’ve been reading for years is an unreal blessing.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and in early December, with the help of a good friend Bryce Hudson, I was able to achieve a significant milestone by getting back to riding freestyle motocross. ...continue reading
I've had the unique opportunity over the last year to work with Can-Am on some of their television and web promotional materials. You can read all about my first trip with Can-AM and driving their entire 2013 lineup HERE.
More recently I had the incredible opportunity to drive their brand new industry leading side by side, the Can-Am Maverick, for film and photos. ...continue reading
I have a tough time keeping my mouth shut. I’m a pretty talkative guy in general but when something exciting comes my way and I’m sworn to secrecy, it’s almost torturous. Case in point, several of the adventures I’ve been on over the last few months have included a non-discloser stipulation. Before I even get to find out the “what or where” most companies require me to sign and submit a statement saying that I won’t discuss anything I see, hear, witness etc until a specific date. For me, that is torture. Not because I want to spoil anyone’s surprise or disclose “classified” information, I just LOVE getting to do what I do and when an amazing opportunity comes my way, I want to share it…with everybody. ...continue reading
I’ve had the privilege of attending the Oregon Dunefest four of the last five years. For me it’s kind of a milestone event as some of my greatest opportunities in the ATV industry have in some way or another, been affiliated with Dunefest.
This year I was excited to bring my girlfriend Kelsey along and show her what west coast dune riding is all about. We’ve been incredibly blessed with opportunities to travel in our first year together. We attended AMA motocross races last year in Michigan and Tennesee, she came out to visit me in California twice and this trip to Dunefest would be our third trip to Oregon since December. ...continue reading
I realize my turn around time on these things is not always that great. My first excuse is that many times there is some sort of none disclosure agreement that has been made ensuring that I don’t say anything about a new product until a specific date and time as was the case for the Yamaha Raptor shoot I went on back in May. Then of course there’s the looming deadlines that need to be met and rightly so since I get paid for those stories where as here, I’m more so sharing my experience with whomever happens to stop by. (To those of you that do visit my blog, thank you!
One of my more recent adventures took me to Charlotte North Carolina to test the 2013 lineup of Kymco ATV’s and UTV’s. ...continue reading
Since leaving California, one of my greatest concerns has been staying involved in the industry I have come to know and love. I’ve spent the last four years pursuing somewhat of a lifelong dream and the last two and half years living out different parts of that dream in amazing and unexpected ways.
Despite my concerns, it amazes me the doors that God has opened in the same amount of time. Many of the opportunities I’ve had since coming here would not have been possible if I was still tied down with my prior job at DWT.
Backing up a bit, sending an email to the editor of my favorite magazine was quite possibly one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Many of you know the story of how I initially got involved in working with the media and the opportunities that have come along since have been nothing short of amazing. ...continue reading
Five years ago, if you could have given me a glimpse into the future and let me see some of the opportunities I had waiting for me I'd have called your bluff. The experiences I've had over the last few years since diving into the offroad industry have been amazing. One of the best parts about working in this industry are the connections you make. Through my work with numerous different magazines and websites I've been afforded the opportunity to visit some of the country's most scenic and well known riding areas. Not to mention my job over the past year traveling around selling tires at the ATV Motocross nationals.
Working with other members of the media has probably created the greatest opportunity of all over the last few years and one perk is that you get invited on trips that not just anyone gets to go on. One recent outing was the first annual industry ride event at Glamis Dunes California. Glamis is better known as the sand toy capital of the world and for good reason. People come from all over the world to ride the dunes and get rowdy on holiday weekends. I've not experienced a holiday weekend at Glamis and from what I hear, that's fine by me. ...continue reading
Four years ago, almost to the day, I took the first steps on this crazy journey that has lead me to the very place I sit today. Little did I know the excitement that would soon follow or the sweat, blood, tears, finances and emotion that would be expelled along the way, but looking back now it’s amazing to see how God has worked all the pieces together to bring me to this place.
The single largest gathering of motorsport companies in the country was meeting in Indianapolis Indiana and I happened to be just a few hours away attending college. I was no stranger to the Dealer Expo and had always longed for an opportunity to meet riders and rub elbows with some of the biggest names and companies in my industry. This particular year, with the help of my father and one of his business contacts, I was able to score a pass to the three day event. I didn’t know much about networking at the time but I knew if ever there was an opportunity to land a job in this industry, this was it. ...continue reading