By Donna Bell
Photo Credit: El Toro Loco Monster Jam Team
“When I turned 18 years old, I moved out of my parents’ house and started working for a promoter in San Jose, Costa Rica. Monster Jam eventually came down to do their first show in my homeland and my job was to be a translator for Monster Jam, which I got through this promoter job I had at the time. Then a year later I started to work directly for Monster Jam and my first job with the company was doing the field production, which allows us to put dirt on the stadiums and do the shows. During my first year working for Monster Jam, I did shows in the state of Florida so I lived with my uncle in Miami. After the first season of shows was over, I went back to Costa Rica until we started the next year’s season. I recall being back home in Costa Rica and feeling so impatient to get back to work.”
“Then four years ago I received a phone call asking me if I would be interested in testing to drive a Monster Jam truck. Obviously, this was something that I have been dreaming about for a very long time, so I didn't hesitate and said yes. After that, I never heard anything back from the company until last summer when they called me again and asked if I wanted to be part of the Monster Jam University and once again without any hesitation I said yes. Here we are one year later doing what I love to do!! Living my dream!!!!”
This young man is truly a passionate extreme sports and adrenaline enthusiast. When I asked List about his younger years, here is what he relayed to me.
“I remember I was always thrilled to get back from school so that I could entertain the customers at the hotel, learn about where they were from in the world, and help my parents out with the family business. During school vacation, I would ask my father if I could work in the hotel and so I became basically a young tour guide, which meant I spent my time taking the hotel guest to do fun activities, such as horseback riding, hiking to waterfalls and hot springs, zip lining in the jungle, windsurfing and/or kite surfing on the lake, etc. At the age of seven, I was already learning how to windsurf and then the extreme sports kite surfing came along, which I was absolutely amazed by since you could jump so high doing it. I immediately decided I wanted to learn the sport, and at the age of fifteen, I was considered a professional kite surfer, as I was getting sponsored to do it. However, unfortunately, it became quite time consuming and required I be on the water many hours, and I still had to finish high school!”
And here is another interesting fact. List’s mother was the first female rally car driver in Costa Rica, and this is where List believes his motorsport passion comes from!
“I thank my parents for supporting me with all of my decisions and what I do, and also for pushing me to do better and follow my dreams. My family is the most important thing in my life besides my job. My job is my passion and working for Monster Jam has encouraged me to be a better and smarter person. In this company, we are all a very big family too because we spend more time on the road sharing experiences with our co-workers than what we do in our homes. We deal with all the good times and rough times that we encounter in our lives together, and it’s an honor and a pleasure to work with all these amazing people and do what we do to bring smiles to our fans’ faces. “
This reminded me of one of List‘s experiences that he told me. After one Monster Jam show as he was talking with fans, there was this one small boy who spotted List and took off running towards him. List said that this enthusiastic child ran over to him and jumped into his arms, so excited to meet one of his heroes. List told me that was the moment that sealed the deal for him, to experience the absolute joy of this child and he knew that this is what he wanted to do, to bring happiness to his fans.
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