You've competed semi-regularly on American Ninja Warrior the last five years. What's the experience been like? How does it compare to a professional wakeboarding contest?
I built the my backyard gym without even thinking about ANW because I wanted to be light on my feet and to be able to swing around like a monkey and get what I call "Monkey Strong." Monkey Strong is something you'll see on my Hyperlite board graphics from the past five years. I started competing after a few months of working out on my backyard gym when I saw you could apply to be on the show. ANW is a pretty crazy process. You have to apply, and if you get accepted, you get one shot to run the course, which is what you see on TV. You don't get to touch the course before you go, let alone practice. You fall and that's it for the year. Way more stressful than a wakeboard contest, but so many similarities. Training, eating right, training more, counting down the days. But it's super fun and I love the challenge.