It’s a regular occurrence at Picky HQ for someone to blurt out a “WHOA, HOLY ____!” at their desk, and there’s a high likelihood it’s something to do with Ben. He’s the type of dude you can count on to tackle the craziest thing you can dream up, and then make it even more extreme. Prime example: “That sounds sketchy, dude” Ben: “Ha, dude it’ll be sick!” (from Kayaking a Drainage Ditch) Long story short, he’s racking up #lifepoints left and right.
Describe yourself in three words:
freeride, passive-competitive, wait...in Haiku: the sound of rapids, in each of the 4 seasons, full freedom and flow.
Who would play you in your biopic?
Wildest memory/moment from competing?
16 day bender during the world championships of freestyle kayaking. I didn't place very high but it was an amazing time to be a part of a wild international whitewater community.
Proudest non-sport accomplishment?
Hopefully in the works.
Best book you've read recently?
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
August 25th, 1086 (Ben is a vampire)
485 km of kayaking through 3 rivers in 29 hours
2x rider of the year
Some cool first descents
Some cool second descents