His first snowboard was a Christmas present from his grandfather that he received when he was 6 years old. Left school in the ninth grade to pursue a career in snowboarding. Won a bronze medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for his performance on the snowboard halfpipe. Was a founding member of the snowboarding fraternity Frends, a group that espouses the collegial core values of its sport's early days. Is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both hunting and fishing.