The Captain and cook aboard “Natural Mystic” and voyage organizer. Thirty-Two years young, born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA. I first dreamt of sailing our planets oceans after reading Joshua Slocum’s “Sailing Alone Around the World” when I was 12 years old. At first the dream consisted of doing it solo on a small boat, but as I worked towards achieving my dream I realized the adventure would be more fun and rewarding sharing it with your friends on a larger yacht. I attended USC after graduating San Marcos High School and after a yearlong stint as a sea urchin tender in the commercial fishing industry, I went to work as a Realtor in Montecito, CA. Although not as enjoyable as commercial fishing, real estate was the path that led to the financial ability to go to sea.
I got my first taste of sailing when I was a baby sailing on my dad’s Hobie 16 in Oxnard harbor (barley remember that), but was hooked when I attended the youth sailing classes at age 10 with the Santa Barbara Youth Foundation. I loved sailing from the start and quickly started racing dinghies and big boats. Bill Deardorff RIP took me under his wing at age 13 and together we raced Clockwork a Nelson/Merrick 42 all over the state of California. Later with the help of Guy Turner, I was a member of the first sailing team at San Marcos High School and then went on to sail for USC. Racing sail boats is fun and rewarding, but I knew in my heart there is another reason for sailing and that was to explore our planet, as generations before had done.
My dad gave me my first skateboard or maybe I just took it over at about 2 years old, it was a Sims, had a kick tail, urethane wheels and bitchin trucks for 1978 and was a gift to him from Tom Sims. I think my knees were scabby my entire youth, as I loved skateboarding from the start and was a little daredevil. I received my first surfboard from Santa at Christmas in 5th grade and from there on I was hooked and knew I was a surfer at heart. Along the way I also learned how to windsurf and kiteboard, which are just as fun as surfing, but not limited by the crowd factor as much. By combining my favorite activities and lifestyles this has led me to where I am now. Living with my friends on a boat, sailing around the world chasing a dream, trying to have fun times and enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer us.