Born in Palo Alto, California, Chip has grown up with an active outdoor lifestyle.
true love in the ocean when he
started windsurfing in 1981.
After many years competing on the international windsurfing scene and completing liberal arts degree at UC Berkeley
was always seeking the new emerging sports.
In 1992, he started a multi-sport apparel company called UltraNectar, Inc.
In 1997 Chip
discovered the sport of kiteboarding and brought it from Hawaii to the Northern California coast where he
helped to develop and popularize the sport, pioneering what are now the numerous kiteboarding locations on the West Coast.
After many years competing on the international level, Chip
was instrumental in developing kiteboard course racing, and almost winning the 2009 World Championships, but finishing in 2nd place.
is the 3- time Masters World Kiteracing Champion.
Today course racing is a global pursuit, lending a metric to the sport that did not exist before.
Kiteboard racing has a bid for the 2016 Olympics, and continues to be robustly popular.
is also one of only two people who has rounded the Farallon Islands, known for having one of the highest populations of great white sharks in the world.
Chip also snowkites, and is highly involved in developing and popularizing this amazing contemporary sport.
The ocean, it's surrounding waterways, and their preservation are vitally important to Chip