HOMETOWN: Kailua, HI
DAY TIME JOB: Landscaper
FAVORITE FOOD: Coffee
DREAM VACATION: Patriot's Super Bowl Game
FAVORITE PADDLING RUN: Makai Pier to Kaimana
DREAM PADDLING RUN/ADVENTURE: Oahu to Kaua'i
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON AN OC-1 (i.e. downwind run, surf, fish, etc.): Downwind paddling in technical surf
IF YOU'RE NOT PADDLING YOU'RE: Hanging out with friends, golfing or taking a nap.
IF YOU COULD TAKE ANYONE TO DINNER (dead or alive) WHO WOULD IT BE: My granddad Will Rich and wife Angie. My granddad was my father figure, and I would have loved for my wife to meet him.
MUSIC OR NO MUSIC WHILE PADDLING. IF MUSIC, WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU ENJOY ON THE OCEAN: I listen to house music by Calvin Harris to get the blood pumping while paddling.
BEST PIECE OF LIFE ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED: Hard work is job security.
FAVORITE OC-1 RACE: 2005 Molokai Relay. It was a hard flat crossing, but was also my first big win with Kai. It was the happiest day of my teenage life.
WHO IS YOUR HERO IN LIFE: My granddad Will Rich is my hero in life. He worked hard throughout his life and made constant sacrifices for my family. I strive to be more like him.
IF YOU COULD INSTILL ONE THING IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF PADDLING WHAT WOULD IT BE: Be persistent and patient. Good things take time to develop, so work hard and trust in the process.