Profile

  • D.O.B: October 1990
  • Kiting since late 2005
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Home: Sunshine Coast
  • 2010 PKRA World Champion
  • 2010 Australian National Champion

I have been a keen surfer since I was 7 years old. My favourite place to surf was out the front of my house on an open beach break where there were groups of kiteboarders who frequently did downwinders past me. The sport of kiteboarding always intrigued me solely because the thought of controlling a kite to power you on a board seemed so revolutionary. I watched the kiters very intently as they passed. I wanted to do what they did.

For my 15th birthday my parents bought me my first lesson. Soon after I bought an 8 metre kite and a board. The days it was windy I was out on the water, and the days it wasn’t I was practising jumping on the beach. Regardless of the conditions I was constantly practising and flying my kite.

After I was up and riding, I went to Perth, Western Australia for a family holiday. Here I got a lot more sessions than I would normally get at home. When I returned home I knew that kiteboarding had taken over my surfing.

Six months later I started to compete in the Australian National competitions. I got some good results in the junior divisions in both waveriding and freestyle. Although I liked both, I decided to focus mainly on freestyle.

I spent the next 18 months kiting at home and going in as many national events as possible. I also got the chance to go to Vanuatu with the Australian Kiteboarder Magazine to shoot for the next edition of the magazine and was selected to participate in the North Young Blood Camp 2007 in Egypt. These were my first experiences of kiting overseas and I found that I really enjoyed kiting at these new, more challenging locations.

Late 2007, I returned to Perth to kite at Woodmans Point. It is such a good spot to both consolidate on your tricks and learn new ones. From Woodmans I had the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to kite with world class kiters like Aaron Hadlow and Ruben Lenten. It was such a good experience to kite with these guys and I learnt a lot from the trip.

In 2008, I did a few events and had some great results but it was really in 2009 where it all started to come together. I set myself a goal at the start of the year to finish in the top 5 overall and after competing in every tour event for the year, I achieved my goal and finished 5th.

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