Tyler lives in Haiku, Maui. Formally educated at UC Santa Barbara, California. Spent winters and summers on the Big Island. He is in the ocean everyday surfing, freediving, canoe paddle, sailing, and distance swimming. Tyler has sailed, surfed, and dove on every island from Niihau to Hawai‘i Island. His passions extends to woodworking of native Hawaiian hardwoods and collecting endemic Hawaiian seashells and seeds. In his past he did humpback whale and spinner dolphin research for 2 years and has worked Jet ski rescue for WSL surf contests and Molokai Channel Canoe Races. Tyler is currently a fireman for the iconic Paia Fire Station, Engine 2.