About I was born and raised in Santa Cruz. Skated professionally back in the late 70’s. I’ve been sponsored by Independent for over 25 years. Many thanks to my sponsors over the decades. Currently: Sk8Kings, Pleasure Tool Bearings, Khiro Skateboard Products. Flow from: Giro, Oakley, Sockguy, Abec 11 wheels, Element Shoes, Santa Cruz Skate Shop, SkullCandy and (NHS) Thank you all very much Mr. Novak for decades of support. Founded Maximum Impact Design in 1987, graphic design marketing company.