Over the past 20 years, I have built a healthy freelance relationship with numerous publications while developing a solid career as a storyteller: journalist, video director and marketing writer. This has ranged from long form dig-your-heels features to community journalism, travel features, product reviews, in-depth character portraits and even coverage of world class snowboard and surf competitions.
From epic trips to great swells, tattoo culture, underground music, the surf world, environmental issue, festivals, snowboarding, boating, local happenings, and social commentary, I love to tell the story. I’ve even started writing for some fishing publications. And I know just enough about fishing to know that I know nothing about fishing.
Publications I’ve Worked With
NJ/NY Winter Surfing for RedBull.com
This winter we had a great project lined up for Red Bull around winter surfing in New York and New Jersey but alas, there was a huge pandemic spike in December and there was no way to hold a live event in January. Instead we had to make the change and make this an online project. See the full piece at RedBull.com. Working with the Red Bull editors, I helped identify five year-round surfers in the region who are not ...
Jamaican Surf Team Scores Swell and Support
Jamaica is very much on my bucket list. I have long heard about Jamnesia, the idyllic rootsy and charmingly ramshackle beach enclave that every wander-curious surfer in the hemisphere has read about. It’s the surf camp/music venue/homestead/skate spot established many years ago by the patriarch of Jamaican surfing, Billy Wilmot, aka, Billy Mystic, frontman of the internationally acclaimed reggae group, the Mystic Revealers. (Saw the Revealers at Reggae Sunsplash in 1992.) This year I am getting there. In the meantime, ...
Kemper’s Superhuman Recovery for Men’s Journal
As of Sunday, the World Surf League has released several weekly episodes on the phenomenal story of Billy Kemper's recovery. A little over a year ago, Kemper was fighting for his life in Morocco after a brutal bounce off the bottom. By December, he was back out charging Jaws. I interviewed Kemper specifically on his fitness program in rehabbing from his injuries. He's not only a certified XPT Trainer, but credits the program to his amazing comeback. Professional surfing through ...
Talking to a Made Guy from a NYC Crime Family
Growing up in New Jersey or New York, you learn a lot about Italian American culture, even if you're not Italian. Combine that with the amount of classic mafia movies made in the last 40 years and you definitely feel how organized crime, or at least the legend of organized criminals starts to expand. I think we're all aware of stories and myths of who's a "made guy" and the things they did. Definitely adds some color to living here ...
Hunter Jones for Surfline
As much as I enjoy the movement toward a more racially just society, it always gets me that we were discussing these topics 25 years ago in the punk rock world. But I'm very excited to get to write about people who are breaking boundaries for race and gender. "Following a year where the struggle for racial justice in America has everyone throwing keyboard haymakers at each other, Jones, a biracial surfer and content creator, isn’t afraid to discuss his ...
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Goes Virtual
Ok. Not the same as being on the North Shore in Hawaii but it was cool to talk to Jack Robinson and Cliff Kapono. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a 35-year long tradition on the North Shore. But unlike everything else that had to go virtual, the change this year may have actually been good for the event as it allowed flexibility around swell/spots, gave the women a Triple Crown platform, opened it up to different boards and ...