He's been a pro snowboarder since he was 13
Despite being born with a serious heart condition that forced him to endure two operations at a young age, White picked up skateboarding when he was only 5-years-old. He quickly excelled, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jesse, but it was ultimately snowboarding that unleashed his competitive drive.
Although his family lived in San Diego, California, driving to the mountains became habitual, and White's prowess earned him a professional ranking at the age of 13.
"I wanted to win because I knew I could, even though I was very small for my age. I was winning my age group in junior competitions but I wasn’t progressing my riding, so at 13 years old I turned pro," he told The Telegraph in 2016.
The transition to professional contests was hard at first, but the heightened difficulty gradually laid the blueprint for White's future success.