I'm completely aware that I wasn't supposed to make it this far in skateboarding or in life for that matter.
Growing up in Alabama, I never could've imagined being on the cover of a skateboard magazine; it seemed obvious those types of opportunities were for the gifted, the chosen ones.
Regardless, I dreamed of cruising down the streets of California and blasting over fire hydrants like Matt Hensley or jumping down perfect double-sets like Kris Markovich. Truth is, these dreams were all the fuel I needed; they set the goal and I just worked one day at a time to make it happen.
My unlikely story and willingness to work seemed to inspire several key people to give me a shot. For these opportunities, I am forever grateful and I try to do the same for everyone I can. I guess the moral of the story is, follow your dreams and if you ever reach them, help someone else follow theirs.
I would like to thank these fine people for giving me a chance:
Tony Guerrero, Mike Johannes and Plus Skateshop, Steve Shrewgy, Bryce Kanights, Jim Thiebaud, Gabe Morford, Tobin Yelland, Lance Dawes, Dave Bergthold, Ruben Orkin, Grant Brittain, Dave Swift, Skin Phillips, Miki Vuckovich, Tod Swank and Ed Templeton.