Let’s start with a generic sailing question…What is your earliest memory you have of sailing?
I think the earliest memory I have of sailing is when I was probably 4 or 5 years old sailing on an Etchells in Newport Harbor with my family.
Is there any sailing memory in particular that stands out in your mind?
When I think about sailing in my life I think about everything I’ve done from the beginning until now. But I think if I had to choose the most significant one, it would have to be the two years I sailed in the Governor’s Cup Junior Match Race. Being with guys from around the world that are just like you creates a really fun atmosphere, and it also created worldwide friendships that I still have today.
How do you think lessons learned from your football career will contribute on and off the water for Team USA45 Racing?
I think that my football experience will only not only add to, but also compliment the experience and knowledge the rest of our team already holds. I have been able to lead the teams I’ve been on throughout adversity, and I believe that we’re definitely going to have some ups and downs between now and September, but I’m confident that I can help the team get through these experiences and grow from them. Football has also taught me important values and lessons in hard work, perseverance, and teamwork that I hope I can use to help our team win the RBYAC.
In your bio you said that you have a passion for ‘land sports’. Do you think there is a ‘land sport’ equivalent to flying a hull while sailing at 20 knots?
I think that the gap between sailing and land sports is shrinking, especially when you look at the physical shape the AC45 and AC72 sailors are in. Between the physical shape these boats demand the sailors to be in, the team mentality, and the increasing coverage of the America’s Cup, sailing is slowly becoming more like the popular sports in the US.
Other than sailing, what is your favorite sport to do on the water?
I love to bodysurf. It’s very relaxing and simple, but you can still challenge yourself in search of the ultimate satisfaction of riding a great wave. Bodysurfing is also an awesome way to hang out with friends and spend time in the water in nearly all conditions.
Who has been the biggest role model in your athletic career? Why?
The biggest role model in my athletic career is my friend and former teammate Mike Nicolini. Mike is a couple years older than me and I was able to look up to him and see the way he carried himself during workouts, practices, and games. He never gave any excuses or accepted anything less than 100% effort and focus from both himself, and those around him. I always try to go about things and motivate others the way Mike did, and I believe that his influence on me has been substantial to who am I today.
What is your favorite food to eat after a long day on the water?
I love a big fish burrito with rice, beans, and all the rest of the fixings.
Lastly, what is your favorite movie quote?
“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – The Shawshank Redemption