I first found out about downhill and freeride from my step-brother, who is also into the sport. He took me to Sunrise Park Resort, the only lift access mountain bike park in Arizona, and I rented a 2011 Kona Operator DH for two days. I was hooked; I came home and bought a used Specialized SX Trail. Growing up racing motocross for 6 years, this was an entirely different world, which turns out to be more thrilling and adrenaline filled for me. With practice and riding many times a week, I've rapidly gained in skill the past few months and hope to get much better with actual racing in the future!