You could call me an Adventure Sports Instructor, if I have to have a career title. I have spent most of my time in the field of watersports, since working in the kiteboarding industry has allowed me more time to enjoy sports in general. Most of my professional experience is in teaching kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing, but I have professional experience in other fields such as SCUBA, climbing, rappelling, and sailing.
I grew up in Minneapolis, and graduated high school in Hawaii. Certified as an instructor though several pro organizations, I became a kiteboarding coach in 2002, and since then, I’ve taught hundreds of students how to kiteboard and wakeboard, at schools in the US and Internationally.
I was pro rider for Best Kiteboarding for four years, and I’ve competed and placed in international kiteboarding competitions, on the land, snow, and water, since 2001.
Before getting into kiteboarding, I did various jobs, such as being: an overnight supervisor at a retail Store, a gas station manager, a public speaker and recruiter for a college, and an account rep/contractor for a home improvement company. I have also acted in several theatrical productions with companies such as The National Theatre for Children and The Minnesota Opera.
Recently, I was a Jumpmaster Trainer for Skyjump Las Vegas, during their first six months of operation in North America, I did client photography for Bootleg Canyon Flightlines, and I was even a Corrections Officer in the biggest prison in Nevada. For the time being, I’ve gotten back into the water, and I’ve been immersing myself in professional photography, and enjoying it immensely!
My ultimate goal is to travel more, surf the best breaks in the world, almost everyday, commute to work and get groceries using a paraglider and/or dirt bike, and take photos of it all 🙂
ErikStone.info is my personal website, where anyone can come to check on my latest, public ventures . . . some are secret . . .
See you around, hopefully on the water, or on one side of the lens, or the other 😉