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
How to Ski and Ride Vail Like a Local
Courtesy Vail Resorts "...All right, let’s get the Vail jokes out of the way: ones ribbing the fabulous fur coats seen on Bridge Street, the $18 old-fashioneds, the Wi-Fi connected gondolas and designer oxygen bars to combat altitude sickness. To understate it, there’s nothing chintzy about this Interstate 70 gem with its luxury veneer. Nearly 60 years into the roadside resort town experiment (literally named after a highway engineer), shit-talking Vail’s cultural aesthetic has grown passé as its ...
Pyzel on Simple Tools for A First Backyard Board for Surfer Mag
DIY board-building is one of the most time-honored and creative aspects of surf culture. For a lot of salts, going deep into the garage and emerging with something that may or may not resemble a surfboard is a bucket lister of the surf experience. Imagine doing a stylish mid-faced turn or making an impossibly fast section on a sled with your own signature on the stringer. I spoke with John Pyzel of Pyzel Surfboards about the tools you would need ...
How a Shark Epidemic Is Changing Surfing and Community on Cape Cod
Cody DeGroff This was one of the more important stories I have written in a while, focusing on the Great White Shark problem on Cape Cod. Granted the water off Massachusetts is a bit colder than New Jersey, but I am trying to imagine how we would handle this on Long Beach Island. “My son is about to turn 14. I started him surfing when he was about 5. When he was 8 or 9, he’d be up ...
Magic Mountain Travel Guide for Adventure Sports Network
I recently did a quick trip up to New England with a few LBI locals that turned into a fun little travel piece for Adventure Sports Network. Ryan Johnson took some awesome photos and it was a reminder of how wonderful and basic a trip to Vermont can be. "....A mint on your pillow is nice. And a crafted hot drink by a gas fire pit, a high speed gondola, a cute faux village and a mountain boutique that sells ...
Burton’s Sustainability Goals for TetonGravity.com
The earth’s climate has risen two degrees Fahrenheit in the past 100 years. While the effects are varied and dramatic, as one might imagine, it’s not the best thing for long, snow-filled winters. Not the best news for early season runs and those bonus days of spring riding? 97 percent of scientists are in agreement on the phenomenon. Photo: Blotto. Yet, the President of the United States doesn’t believe industry is changing the climate of the earth. “We’ll be fine ...
“Who was Andy Irons” for Teton Gravity
Full disclosure, I never interviewed A.I. I watched him, read about him, and wrote about his heats, but I never spoke with him. Yet a large part of my career was covering pro surfing at that time and I was fully aware of what he meant to the sport. I was on the beach at the Billabong Pipe Masters the day his son Axel was born on Kauai and Bruce flew directly over to the North Shore to surf his ...