I was born and raised on the remote Isle of Skye, Scotland. Growing up on a island and being surrounded by the rugged north sea with many small breaks just a short drive away it was only a matter of time that the salt water was going to play a big part in my life. There aren't many surfers to speak of from Skye, but it would make a lot more sense than a snowboarder coming from there. My snowboarding story grew out of a dream and also in part to my passion for skateboarding.
Growing up I was never interested in playing football. Rugby or local sport of Shinty. I remember befriending a guy whom was homeschooled at the time and he introduced me to a couple of other skaters and I was instantly hooked. There was no real skateable surfaces and with the weather often being wet the boys and I took shelter under the high school and found obstacles to grind and do tricks over. When the winter hit it was only a matter of time before we started to take our trucks and wheels off the skateboards and ended up sliding around in the snow. Making bindings out of bicycle inner tubes nailed to the deck and sanding the bases we found that would emulate skating as much as possible down snowy hills. From then it progressed to bigger and steeper hills and my parents would drop us off at the foot of the Old Man of Storr for the day and we would hike up, pick out lines, build kickers, drop cliffs and try Ollie over Sheep! Man those were the days...
After a family ski holiday to Andorra, I got my first proper taste of snowboarding and never looked back. I think I tried a backflip and broke my wrist the last day of that trip?!
From there on I was extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to travel and compete across the Globe with my many sponsors and as part of the British Snowboard Team. Because of the lack of snow and facilities in Skye I ended up living for months at a time in foreign countries and learning their local languages before settling somewhere else. I think my parents allowed to become very independent and the sense of adventure was something I really strived for. Generally speaking though, while I was traveling, training and competing with the GB team it was more often the case of living out of my boardbags. Spending maybe a couple of days at a time in the likes of: France, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden & Norway to name a few before coming home to unload all my dirty laundry before my next flight. Sorry mum!
In 2011, I suffered a life-changing injury where I overshot a jump and broke my neck (C2) in multiple places. In all honesty and to many doctors disbelief it is a miracle I survived those horrific injuries, let alone walk or ride again. Despite social media, magazines, newspapers and press trying to get full details of the accident, it's a subject I don't particularly like to talk about. I'm just thankful to be alive, walking and being able to ride. It was a hard year both physically and mentally, not only on me but my family and friends closest to me.
Today, I'm based permanently in California. Something I had only ever dreamed about as a kid. I met my now wife literally weeks after I returned back to the states after my injury a year prior. We met and married in 6 month and now have a son together, with another one on the way and have a 90lbs Malamute. I'm still snowboarding and surfing and I work with my sponsors on creating various content, product testing, and help with brand development. I also have the opportunity to pass on my experience and knowledge and coach some very talented younger snowboarders chasing that same dream I once had. All in all I am living my dream and I'm eternally thankful for my health, family, friends and support.