I was born and raised in Dixon, Illinois, currently living in West Palm Beach, Florida, and I train on the immaculate lakes of Okeeheelee Park – my childhood dream. I spend most of the year traveling and competing, and you can usually find me training right through the off season too.
Skiing has always been a part of my life — my parents had me on skis with them since I was 3 years old! Because I grew up on a river, I spent more time on my trick ski more than anything else. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I decided to take slalom seriously and set my sights on qualifying for the Pro Tour. In a few short years I secured 4 podium finishes and my first professional win. My experiences on the tour thus far are absolutely priceless to me and I look forward to what every new season holds.
Off the water, I train and compete at the amateur level in CrossFit and work as a Marketing Strategist & Copywriter for Titus/One.
Current home training facility
Ski Club of the Palm Beaches and Palm Beach Training Center
Whats your biggest passion besides water skiing?
Whether it be through a clinic, an interview, or a social media post, my goal is to connect men and women with the tools and resources they need to live a purposeful lives through sports and fitness.
How did you get into water skiing?
My mom, Sally Monnier, was a pro women's trick skier, so naturally it was something I grew up doing.
Why do you water ski?
I ski for the challenge — I love the speed and the intensity of short line slalom. Ultimately the line length will always win, and yet we all keep coming back for more. I keep skiing because of the question: How good can I get?
What would you tell a young athlete thinking about getting into the sport?
You will get the most out of your training and your tournament experiences by abandoning the idea of failure. I know it's hard with your parents', coaches' and your own expectations, but if you can train your mind to see every experience on the water as your "proving grounds" for your skills, you will not only become a better skier faster, but you will also enjoy the entire process more. Learning what doesn't work is equally as valuable as learning what does. It's only a failure if YOU assign it that value.
Share your favorite memory of Dave?
Not long before Dave passed, he came to visit my coach, Chet Raley, in Florida and get a little winter skiing under his belt. I wasn't on the Goode team yet, but he asked me if he could ride for one of my sets. It wasn't the best set of my life, but Chet and I were working hard on rewiring a lot of my habits. When we got back to the dock and Dave got out of the boat, he looked at me and said, "You've got what it takes to go all the way." I was incredibly humbled by his statement and it kept me laser focused for the rest of that off season. There's not many people who can change your entire life with one sentence — Dave was one of those people.
If you could only ski on one ski for the rest of time, which would you choose?