Nickname:Heffé, The Sauce King of Miami, Pank
Team Position:Team Cartographer, Webmaster
Conch Republic Navy Rank:Lieutenant Commander
Years Paddled:2003-2009, 2011-2012
Family:Married to my beautiful Star in 2010. We have three awesome kids... and working on more! Can't forget the ChynaD, because she is so round. You can ignore the cat, because she's so ugly.
Where he's from:Born & Raised in Miami. Did some time in Galveston, TX & Lafayette, LA. Spend lots of time in San Diego, CA. Proud resident of Biloxi, MS.
Education:Miami Palmetto Sr High: c/o 1994, Texas A&M University: c/o 1998, BSc in Marine Sciences (Oceanography), currently a post-grad student of the UK Plymouth University Hydrographic Academy.
Work:Status pending. Former Lead Hydrographer, Airborne Lidar Offshore Survey Division, for Fugro Pelagos of San Diego, CA. I made maps of the ocean floor for 13.5 years before becoming a statistic of the economic situation.
Influences:My parents and grandparents. My Star and the Babystars: they've taught me so much and are amazing. Hurricane Katrina.. influenced my house across the street, and me into the arms of my honey.
Fun Facts:Promoted to Lieutenant Commander of the Conch Republic Navy in 2011. I've flown close to a million miles (no joke) all over this planet. Seem to be into Indy music lately. But I'll always have a soft spot for Less Than Jake. I dabble in web design and movie making. And I'm an all-around awesome guy. You're welcome.
Essential CAC Gear:His Boat - CRN Halcyon: a blue-green fiberglass Current Designs 'Extreme' - stealth auxiliary vessel of the Conch Repubic Navy, Flotilla of the Northern Territories. And I can't live without my full carbon Werner 'Kaliste' paddle. Everything else is a lead pipe!
Additional CAC Gear:FOOD, Skip the Serpent, waterproof video camera, inappropriate camo hat, deck bag full of goodies.
How did you get involved with the CAC?:My sister fought and beat cancer in 2002. You will never appreciate the fear until it happens to you. I've known Patrick since birth and he always talked about 'the kayak trip'. I knew I had to help stop the madness.
In his own words:"I'm incredibly proud to be a part of this group. You really should do this at least once.. It will change your life."