Cooper starting sailing at age 7 in U.S. Sabots in Marina del Rey, CA at the California Yacht Club junior program and continues to sail under the CYC burgee. He started Opti sailing at age 10 and gave-up his Sabot soon thereafter.
Cooper has competed in 3 US Team Trials from 2009-2011 and has been a member of the United States National Team for the past two years.
He has been a member of the West Side Opti Team for the past two years and coached by Manny Resano. Cooper is the 2009 USODA West Coast Champion, 2010 USODA Pacific Coast Champion and 2011 Harken Challenge Series Champion.
Cooper will age out of the Optimist class this year and is planning his exit following US Nationals in Houston when he will move on to the Laser Radial and 420 classes.