I’m a compulsive saver. As early as five years old I can remember hoarding my allowance and in the event that I splurged on a new toy, I made sure I always had something left in reserve.
For that reason I always thought a budget seemed, well…beneath me. Because I have a propensity to save, I never really thought I needed one. Every payday I would make a mental note of the bills that needed to come out of that check and allow myself around $250 to cover me for gas, eating out and whatever other small expenses might arise. The rest got dumped into savings.
Some months this method seemed to work well. Others not so much and I would be digging money out of savings or worse yet, putting it on a credit card just to “float it” until the next pay period. ...continue reading →
I miss this guy. Terribly. Our friendship came about in the most unlikely of circumstances. In fact, in the years after college, we both admitted that we didn’t really like each other at first.
My first dose of Randy was in a shuttle from the ST Louis Airport back to Greenville College where we both were arriving as freshman for college football camp. I hopped in the van to be greeted by this rather interesting looking character with shoulder length hair, a bandana and tie dyed shirt who was clutching a ceramic statue of a monkey on a surf board. ...continue reading →
I remember the first time I “met” Caleb. An editor from a magazine spied a photo of my ratty new freestyle ramp on facebook and asked if I’d be interested in doing a story on building ramps. He recommended I get some feedback from Caleb to give the story some credibility.
I reached out to him through facebook and to my complete awe, he responded and gave me his phone number. I sat in my living room in Dufur Oregon that night and dialed his number, in complete disbelief when he came on the phone.
I had watched Caleb’s career explode through the lens of youtube from my dorm room at college. I was overcome with envy and respect for this guy that could ride an ATV like no other. As I moved on from college and out into the real world, my greatest dream became to work with and around Caleb and the Bomb Squad freestyle team. ...continue reading →
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.
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 →
One of the many hats I wore while working for DWT/Motoworks was that of sponsorship director. In that role I reviewed proposals and negotiated contracts for hundreds of racers from top professionals to first timers and everyone in between. Having an insiders perspective on the sponsorship process and responding to literally hundreds of requests gave me a new understanding of the companies position when it comes to deciding who to help and to what extent.
Below is a compilation of Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind as you go about seeking sponsors to support your racing. I may seem a bit brash in my explanations but every point is addressed because it was a specific situation I dealt with at one point or another. ...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 →