What does it mean to you to perform so close to your hometown?
What was it like winning at Ocean City in 2011?
It was a surreal moment to win in my home state and do it in front of my family and friends who have been behind me all my life. It was a pretty big accomplishment.
Will you have friends and family in attendance that don't usually get to see you compete?
Yeah. They see me on TV, but they don't get to go to all the different events that I do throughout the year, so for them to see it live, it's very different. It's not just swinging a bat or catching a football … it's just different seeing people fly through the air and make all these different tricks. It gives me a sense of comfort and I want to make them proud.
Did you vacation at Ocean City growing up ever? Any fond memories?
Yeah, all the time. Mostly I remember Fisher's Popcorn and Jolly Roger [Amusement Park] and then getting annihilated by waves.
You have a skateboarding paradise of sorts in your backyard. Did you ever dream you'd have something like that growing up in Dundalk?
I call it the world's largest skateboard bowl. I never even thought I'd have anything. Just having a skateboard back then was — I rode the same skateboard back then for months at a time. So I never thought I'd be where I am today.