SLED: 2017 Polaris Axys 800 163 2.6"
At the age of 8yrs old at my family cabin in central California, I started snowmobiling. Our cabin came with an old 1967 380 Polaris and At that time, snowmobiles were simply a means of transportation, but as time went by, I started to get hooked. By 12yrs old I would drive my snowmobile around the cabin every weekend with my brother until we ran out of fuel. In some cases, we ran out of snow too but that didn’t stop us from riding our sleds. My passion for riding grew as I was in high school and when I was 18, I bought my first sled; a 94 Polaris XLT. It was already modified and I haven’t owned a stock sled since. In college I raced hillclimbs for 2years and found my passion for mountain riding.
This upcoming season I will be running a 2017 800 AXYS with a Boondocker turbo. It will be equipped with Zbroz a-arms, a KISS coupler and set up by Carls Cycle with their clutching, tuning and suspension valving. As always, it will be wrapped by ArcticFX.
You may not know this about me, but I grew up in California and last year picked up my family, and moved to Idaho. It was one of the best things I have ever done. I also played competitive soccer for 15 years through high school. I played in several state championship tournaments and in Europe. I was recruited to play Division 1 in college but gave it up to focus on my studies…..and snowmobiling 🙂
My days are pretty consistent Monday-Friday. I am a Chiropractor and see patients 5 days a week. I also make time at least 5-6 times a week to go the gym. I dedicate one day a week to riding my snowmobile in the winter, and dirt bike or RZR in the off season. There is always one family day on the weekend so my wife and I can spend time with our 3 young boys.
I have been a Chiropractor for the last 13years. Through high school and college I thought I was going to follow the career path as my father and be a Dentist but at the last minute I changed my mind. My grand parents were Chiropractors and they helped keep me healthy and going while playing sports year round through high school. I like the benefits it gave me physically and saw it as an opportunity to keep others healthy that had musculoskeletal injuries.
I first rode with Dan Gardiner and the Boondockers crew in 2008-2009 in Northern California. I was riding for Team Summit at the time and we made a small movie out of California. Our two groups started riding together annually and I soon started taking more trips to Utah to ride with the Team. I really like riding the Alpine/Bedford area, but my favorite area is Stanley, Idaho. The snow is always good, the temperatures stay cold, and the terrain is BIG!
I drive a 2012 3500 Dodge diesel with HS custom tuning, fully deleted, Pure Performance 6″ long arm kit, Carli long travel bags, AMP steps, on 35’s. In the off-season I ride a 2016 KTM 350xc-f, Factory Suspension and the family rig, a 2013 Polaris 800 RZR 4 seater.
I still miss my hill climb racing days. It was an adrenaline rush to say the least and very fun to watch some of the best in the business rocket up the mountain. However, I am starting to find great joy in watching my 5yr old ride his Polaris 120. I think riding with all 3 of my boys in the future will bring my best memories yet. The worst times are when I’ve had to watch several friends air lifted off the mountain or taken out on tow sleds. Fortunately, they were all ok, but its still a gut wrenching feeling.
My favorite riding buddy is whoever helps get my sled out when I am stuck in the middle of some stupid chute and my sled is hanging on by a thread. But, I really love all the Boondockers guys like brothers and enjoy every ride we have together. Its truly like an extended family.
It’s tough to determine what my biggest accomplishment is, but I really think just having the opportunity to live where I do, live the lifestyle I do, and enjoy all my hobbies all while having the most wonderful wife and kids in the world, is my biggest accomplishment. I feel truly blessed and wake up excited every day to be alive.
My biggest goal this season is to make Dan Gardiner proud of my technical creek bottom riding. Dan recognizes me as simply a “world class hillclimber”, with talent that he can not comprehend, but still questions my technical ability. My plan is to follow Dan into every creek bottom he enters next season, and if he gets in my way I intend to run him over.
One winter in college I put close to 2500miles on my sled. I think half of that must have been racing around the trail though. Back when I was younger and would keep a sled for 5 yrs, I racked up 5000miles on a couple sleds. Now I am happy to get 1000miles in a season!
Lastly I would like to personally thank Jack Struthers of Carls Cycle in Boise, ID. Jack has supported/sponsored me for years and I can’t say enough about what he has done. Jack (Carls Cycle) puts out some of the sickest sleds in the west, and is always there for me on weekends, after hours and anytime I need help. He is not only one of the best in the industry, but has become a dear friend, whom I can’t thank enough.