Master Scuba Dive Trainer (MSDT); Navy Rescue Swimmer (Petty Officer Second Class); Founder of Adrenaline Dive Company; singer in Bay Area thrash metal band Critical Mass; scuba diving for over 20 years; ridden motorcycles since age 6. 36 years old.
The reason I originally rode a Kawasaki was because of Jeff Ward, and that’s why I still ride green. Wardy is short like me, has great style and was more tenacious than anyone. One year at the Vet Nationals at Glen Helen, I actually lined up next to Ward for a moto. He crushed me off the line and was gone by the second hill!One scuba skill I learned in the Navy that translates over to motorcycles is the ability to slow down the moment and not panic when things go wrong. You really have to process what’s happening and react to the environment, whether it’s an underwater emergency or a bad situation on the bike.The furthest I’ve ever jumped on a motorcycle is about 70 feet, but I’ve been down to 160 feet underwater. It’s much scarier to go deep! There are just too many variables down there that simply don’t exist when you’re on a motorcycle on the surface.
I formed Adrenaline Dive Company to provide people with an aggressive approach to diving that is still extremely safety conscious. Basically, we take new divers and safely push them through their limits, just like how you’d learn to ride a motorcycle. When done correctly, diving gives you that same rush that you get on the bike.A few years ago, I took my wife to a Poison concert, and Bret Michaels [lead vocalist for Poison] pulled me onstage and made me sing in front of 30,000 people. I hate Poison-I’m a Metallica and Slayer guy-but the rush I got from that was bigger than any triple I’ve every jumped or any tuna I’ve ever speared. I’ve been hooked on vocals ever since.I’d way rather run out of air while diving than run out of gas on the bike. Underwater, I trust my skills to get me to the surface safely if I run out of air. But if I run out of gas on the bike, that means I’ll either crash or have to do a few miles of pushing, and there’s no way my cardio is up that!