I was fortunate enough to grow-up half a block from the beach in Santa Cruz, California, where I spent the majority of my childhood surfing my home breaks; Blacks Point, Pleasure Point, and Windansea. When I was 16, I became a California State Lifeguard and ended up doing that for 10 years while I finished high school and attended the University of California in Santa Cruz.
After graduating from college I spent a few years traveling the world in search of left-hand barrels in between lifeguarding gigs (including a couple of seasons driving a rescue jet ski at Mavericks for professional big wave surfer Shawn Dollar). I attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and I am currently training in Emergency Medicine on the East Coast at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Despite a water temp which hovers around 35F (2C) in the winter, I still surf regularly and as you can imagine, I don’t have to worry much about crowds.
When the waves go flat I enjoy sailing, kiting, spearfishing, paddling and snowboarding.
Following residency, my wife (also an emergency medicine doc) and I are hoping to land jobs and settle down back in Santa Cruz, California.