As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a marine biologist. In my senior year of high school, I became really interested in psychology and decided that I wanted to be a marine mammal trainer, working at facilities that rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. While in college, I began my world travels and that was the end of that! I carried on traveling the world, living in a number of countries teaching surf lessons and doing photography, among other things. Then I decided I wanted to work on yachts, which I did for several years, and I'm currently breaking into my yacht broker career, while working at a surf shop, while starting a company. Ultimately, I want to own a successful, nautical inspired, surf supply company and then buy a large sailboat and continue traveling the world. It sounds like I'm not completely grown up yet! ...still deciding.
What is it about the sea that inspires and motivates you?
If you've ever traveled far by way of wooden sailboat, you know the feeling of sitting at the bow, nothing in front of you, water splashing below you, dolphins beside you, only the sky above you, and no land for miles. You know the creaking of a wooden mast. You know the way the wind feels against your face as you stare down into the water, imagining how deep it goes, and what exists in those depths that is yet to be discovered. There is something so peaceful and simple about the experience that it clears your thoughts like nothing else. It's almost like being on a different planet because it's not something you can experience anywhere else but there, and so few people do. When at sea, I always find my mind at its' clearest, and my creative juices flowing. I love to sit and write music, or my thoughts. With my head clearer, I think of all of the things I want to do with my future, and all of the great endeavors ahead of me. More than anything, it inspires me to continue my travels and explore the next unknown.