Saturday, December 29, 2012


hey there and welcome to Getting Rad with Dad!

my name is Patrick, and I entered the world of being a dad in 2007 when my wife Carolyn and I welcomed our son Cooper in this great big world. I never believed when people would tell me "your life is going to change.. completely" when you're a dad. life was already good, so what was that gonna mean? fortunately for me, they were right but in the best kind of way. it's amazing to explore the world through the eyes of my kids. oh yeah, we had another little boy named Charley Finn in 2011!

Even before having kids, I've always wanted to walk the line of being the best dad I could be, while also being a great friend too. this blog is a documentation of that journey.  not only is it a reminder to me and the little dudes of the things we've done, but also hopefully a reference to other rad dads. so here we go...  the rad adventures, the rad gear we're playin with, the rad projects we're makin, rad music, kid-friends surf + skate spots... 

So keep checking back here for all that and more!

A little bit about me... 

I'm 33 and have a kick-ass wife, Carolyn. We live in San Clemente, California. I work full-time as a graphic designer, play in a few bands when I have the time, and love to surf. Cooper is 5 years old, and Charley Finn is 1 (2 in May). They both dig skateboarding, ninjas, the Aquabats, milkshakes, Star Wars, and quesadillas. 

Thanks for stopping by and STAY RAD


  1. Yep, sending Mike here. Our daughter, Delia, was born in 2007 and our son, Colin, was born May 4, 2011 (lots of Stars Wars jokes that day...). He's almost 35 and was a graphic designer and also plays in bands (DC hardcore being the music he cut his teeth on). We live in the suburbs in the Bible belt, so it's not always easy for him to have access to other dads that want to live the way he does. I think he'd for sure appreciate this.

    1. I love that Steph! I'm a big fan of DC hardcore too. Always stoked to hear other dads with similar vibes! May the Fourth! NICE! we were hoping for a Cinco de Mayo baby, but I guess it's good he has Seis de Mayo all to himself.