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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator
Integrated Cadastral Information Society
After completing a Geography Degree from the University of Victoria I went on to completing an Advanced Diploma in GIS. I have been working in the GIS Industry for over 15 years. I have worked for both Provincial Ministries and for a variety of consultant companies. I am currently working with a non-profit society the exchanges geospatial data between local & provincial governments, utility companies and First Nations in BC. I am an avid skater, father of two and an ambassador for Longboarder Labs in Victoria. I am also the organizer for the Victoria Greenskate Longboard Cruise.
Do you recall your first skateboards as a kid?
My first longboard was a “Reject” board from PD’s Hotshop back when It was located on Oak St. in Vancouver. I was in grade 3. My parents used to take us into PD’s to buy skateboard gear. I still remember the 99 cents paper hats with the shop logo on them. Skullskates is an institution.
How did you get into Longboarding?
I grew up in the 80’s and was fully immersed in street skating. In White Rock where I grew up skateboarding was a huge scene. I guess I never loss the stoke. While attending the University of Victoria in the 90’s I picked up my first longboard. It was an old Powell Peralta deck with a hula girl on the bottom. It was basically just a big skateboard, but it acted as my “gateway” longboard. Since then I have been collecting boards. I think my quiver is up to around 15 right now.
What are some of the comments you’ve received over the years?
With my work I have the opportunity to travel to both large urban centers and smaller rural municipalities. If possible I will always bring a longboard with me. It’s such a great way to explore a new town. Colleagues are often surprised when I tell them that I was out exploring their town via longboard.
I also do a lot of online training webinars and site visits and I have a screen saver of my son and I longboarding and it always gets a few remarks.
When checking in to hotels in Vancouver it’s always funny to see the reaction of hotel staff when I check in wearing business attire and a few minutes later I leave to go longboarding.
I often get comments from colleagues that they used to skateboard growing up. I have actually got a few of them into longboarding after taking a 20-30 year hiatus from standing on a board.
It looks like your kids is are also into skateboarding.
Yes, I encourage both my kids to get out on my longboards. We have such a great variety of longboards we are always switching trucks and wheels around and dialing in set ups. We live less than a kilometer away from their school so they often longboard to school. As well a lot of the neighborhood kids come by and use the longboards. It make for a super fun and sometimes terrifying session.