Brian grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and started skateboarding at age 11. When his mom proposed a family ski vacation shortly after, snowboarding seemed to be the obvious choice. His passion for snowboarding lead him to attend the University of Vermont to pursue a life closer to bigger mountains and more snow. After graduating with a degree in Fine Art in 2012, he once again followed his passion for snowboarding to Bend, where he could be even closer to even bigger mountains with even more snow! Once he realized he could take deep pow turns and skateboard all in the same day, Bend quickly became home. When not standing sideways, you can find Brian illustrating for a number of freelance clients or for his own business, BKZ|GRFX (www.bkzgrfx.com). Brian looks forward to being a part of the Snoplanks family and helping create the Gerry Lopez Street Surfers!