Carmel, California is an unlikely place to find the sport of motocross. Despite growing up the in the artistic, sea-side community, unrestricted and privileged with diverse culture, family travel, Big Sur backpacking trips, epic mountain biking and legendary local surf, my youthful attention was fixated on a dirt-bike, motorcycle. My passion for the sport took me around the country, winning all of the most prestigious amateur events, ultimately earning me a professional contract in January 1999. The world as I knew it, was firmly in my grip (handlebars) until one fateful day in May, when I experienced a career ending, training accident which left me a Quadriplegic – paralyzed from the chin down.