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Hippie Mike is a man of many talents, many skills and many creations. A master of construction, Mike loves to build and create unique and custom projects, but he also takes the same mind frame to everything else he does.
Andy Anderson Extreme Sports Protest Skateboards Skateboarding

Andy Anderson Gets Ready For Summer

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We took Andy out skating last Saturday to 3 of the North Van/West Van bowls – GriffinHoreshoe Bay andParkgate. I know Andy has been to Griffin before, since he was King of the Bowl Series last year, I’m not sure if he’d been to Horseshoe Bay or not, and I knew he had never even seen Parkgate. We skated each park for 1 hour. Like usual, it was the Andy Anderson Demo at each one.

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Review: Mosaic Skateboards Park Video

Oh Ryaaaaaaaa!!

Or as the rest of the world knows him as – Ryan McKellar, sent me a link to check out the new Mosaic Park Video. So I did.

I’d have to say that Ryan likes to support the rest of the team as much as possible and at least the boys can rip stuff up – especially Lanny DeBoer. I do love seeing any new footage of this kid. Lots of good local parks that we’ve all ridden, and some solid tricks that I know I wouldn’t want to try any more. It’s nice to see the next generation of skateboarders enjoying the spoiled lives of having sooooooo many free skate parks that us old guys fought to create. It’s worth a watch.

Mosaic Skateboards might be an unknown company to most, but they have been a solid sponsor to theHippie Mike’s Tour de Surrey circuit for years. It’s tough to make it out there as a small business skateboard company, so support your locals and check out the video…

If you like what you see and you’re interested in checking out what else Mosaic has to offer you, take a free ride to the website www.mosaicskateboards.com

If you have a video that you want reviewed by Hippie Mike, put it on Youtube send the link my way reviews@protestskateboards.com

Who knows, maybe I’ll like it

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Danny Way – Waiting for Lightning DC Shoes Demo – Chuck Bailey

So Friday, April the 13th, 2012 was the day the Danny Way and some of the DC team came to Chuck Bailey Skate Park in Surrey, British Columbia. Hosted by myself, Hippie Mike, along with Coastal Riders skate shop, it was going to be an easy event to run, provided that the weather agreed with us, which it totally did. There was about 250 people there, lots of talented skaters, waiting patiently for the group to arrive. Traffic on all routes was a mess, but they showed up around 5pm ready to rip it. Danny had decided earlier that he wasn’t going to be skating, so he just hung out and watched everyone else showing their skills, and would sign whatever autographs that were requested. Danny’s a great guy, super mellow, and always appreciative of his fans. For being someone who has changed the face of skateboarding in so many ways, he’s just stoked to see everyone having a good time together.

Josh KalisMatt MillerWes KremerSascha DaleyChad Dickson and Mickey Papa – that was your demo. Tons of tricks got laid down all over the park , but I’d have to say the spotlight was on Wes Kremer. This guy can rip it, and skates everything. He was inventing some very funky lines in and out of the bowl, dropped some tech rail tricks down the 3 block, and annihilated the fireplace channel quarter pipe. Everybody skated really solidly, and I know that the audience had a great time. Thanks for coming out toSurrey.

Saturday night finally arrived, and the Granville Cinema had a phat line outside. They all wanted to see whatDanny Way was about to reveal – Waiting for Lightning. It was an amazing showcase of the life of a man who has changed the world in many ways. It taught the audience about his tough upbringing, and the sorrows that not everyone would have known about him. And it showed the definition of the word “Battle”. My two favorite things about Danny Way have always been – #1. That he takes wild, unthinkable dreams and visions from inside his head and brings them out to reality, something I am all about. All of a sudden one day, you get an idea, and from that point on, you do whatever it takes to make that idea happen. And #2, nothing can stop him… he will not give up. This is a major trait I have always possessed myself. You want it, you go get it. As long as you can walk, or at least stand on your board, then you’re still trying to land it. Danny Wayhas defined the word “Man” on television a few times. Go back to X-Games when he hung up on the mega quarter pipe and flipped into the flat bottom. No one else in their right mind was going to go back to the drop in and take another run, but Danny could walk on his own, so it was inevitable. It was also one of the most insane runs anyone ever did on the mega ramp set up still to the day. Nothing will hold this guy down, and that is what I have always loved about him.

The video was eye opening for many of the younger generation skaters, who weren’t around in the 80’s and early 90’s when Danny was on a mission to be the man, and maybe didn’t know about all the crazy things he had done through those years for the sport of skateboarding. I always watched him. Danny WayChristian Hosoi and Tony Hawk – the 3 destroyers. They all invented so much for skateboarding. I personally had seen almost all of the footage in the documentary  during the eras that they were filmed. I have the entireBones Brigade collectionThe Santa Cruz Box SetShackle Me NotThe original 4 Plan B videos, and more stuff after that. Danny’s been around for a long time, and I’ve been watching him since I started skateboarding in 1986, which was around the time his face started popping up in the vids. He’s not much older than I am, and I understand how messed up his body must be. He’s been through a lot. The documentary focused mainly on the big jump over the Great Wall of China. The original thought of this jump was breaking many boundaries. Anyone who knows anything about Communism would be nervous about even bringing this idea to the table. But for some strange reason, the Chinese Government allowed it to happen. This was huge!!

What I liked about the video was how there was this massive crew of workers building this gigantic death trap of a ramp, but I don’t think that any one of them actually realized what it was for until Danny showed up. I’m sure that at least half of them shit their pants when they saw a guy start climbing up the stairs holding nothing but a skateboard. Reality must have really sunk in. But I think it sunk in even more when they saw what happened when he didn’t make it…

Once again, Danny Way got a taste of his own reality. When you force dreams to come true, they don’t always end the same way you planned it when you were asleep. This was definitely one of the worst bails in skateboard history, and with only a few days left before the scheduled jump date, Danny had to somehow get over the pain, get over the fact that this was a life or death situation, and prepare himself mentally to go out there and land it. 69 feet, over the Great Wall of China, with a busted ankle. There’s no warm up for this. You climb the stairs, look straight down at your destiny, and drop in.

I loved the part where after he lands it, the media is in his face. And at that point, the adrenaline of a lifetime of historic skateboarding memories that possess this man’s soul took over. He had jumped the Great Wall of China. He had set a world record for the longest jump on a skateboard, and the highest air over a quarter pipe. But he had not satisfied himself enough to go home without climbing back up those stairs and dropping in again for the world’s biggest 360 air. He didn’t do it to show off, he didn’t do it to impress the people, he didn’t do it to be the best, he did it to fulfil his passion, and to turn his dream into reality…

Danny Way lives amongst a rare group of the Best Sports Hero’s of all time. Tony Hawk, Matt Hoffman, Travis Pastrana, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods; all legends of their own sports, not just for their talents, but for their creativity, and for their ambition to never give up…

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Stu Benoit Joins The Protest Team

After many years of ripping together, I finally asked Stu if he wanted to represent for Protest. Straight outtaSurrey, Stu’s always been hardcore, and was always one of my favorite people to skate with. Stu has some serious Big Tranny skills and rips up any bowl, ramp or barricade you put in his path. Stoked to have him on the Team and looking forward to all the footage we’re gonna see. We stopped in to skate with Stu at Leeside the other night and had a blast. Check it out.

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Andy Anderson Gets Crowned “King of the Bowls 2011” [Bowl Series #17]

Bushman finally presented Andy Anderson with his Crown after earning the title of “2011 King of the Bowls” last August. At age 15, Andy shredded at every Bowl Series competition last year and the title was well deserved. Andy continues to progress every day and will definitely be one of the highlights to watch at many more Bowl Series contests to come.

2011 King of the Bowls – Pretty Good
Taking the 2011 King of Surrey trophy the same year – Amazing

But to top all that, the highlight of Andy’s day was learning who Alex Chalmers is.

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Andy Anderson Skates Plaza 7 stair – 10 tricks in 10 minutes

Just another day in the life of young 15 year old Andy Anderson. The kid knows how to represent, funny part is he’s not even tryin’. See Andy rip 10 tricks down the 7 stair at Vancouver’s Skate Plaza. When Andy told me about it I asked him why he did 10 tricks in 10 minutes… His answer was, “It just worked out that way.” My first thought – “I don’t know if I could even go back and forth from the starting point to the landing 10 times in 10 minutes… especially not on that monster board. Oh to be young again.” Keep shredding Andy – PROTEST REPRESENT!!

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Watch: What The “F” Were We Thinkin’??

Are you tired of the same boring skateboarding videos with the same spots over and over again? Well, brace yourself because the revolution is finally here! There are no rules, restrictions or standards. We are the ones making the rules, and we make the spots while we skate everything that shouldn’t be skated. Watch Protest Skateboards team riders John Irvine, Jeff Cole, Cisco Gooding, Nathan Lintunen and Hippie Mike in What The “F” Were We Thinkin’??

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Hippie Mike says goodbye to Shithead the cat…

Shithead was a cat who lived at the house we bought in 2005. She was energetic, and always happy and loved to snuggle. She lived mainly outside, but would spend the winter nights by the fireplace. Approximately 11 years old, she was diagnosed with Kidney Disease, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes and some blindness in May of this year. We worked hard together to bring her health and strength back so she could enjoy one more beautiful summer in Surrey. Unable to gain any weight back because of her failing kidneys the winter cold was just too much for her. She is now buried between the fruit trees on the edge of the ravine in our yard, where she always sat to enjoy the sunshine peaking through the trees.

Please enjoy this poem about her final moments and watch the old video to see how much fun she had when she was healthy.

Love forever – Hippie Mike

The Day that Shithead Died

A moment that I dreaded,
For many, many months,
Diagnosed with 4 diseases,
We knew the time would come,
You made a humungous come back,
Surviving strong since May,
But last night I knew it was over,
I knew today would be the day,
I dug the hole last night,
After laying by your side,
I didn’t think you’d make the night,
You were on a one way ride,
I held you in my arms,
And pleaded for you to die,
But struggling to breathe,
On the floor you would just lie,
You were such an awesome kitty,
A personality all your own,
You followed me everywhere I went,
And always greeted my truck when I came home,
6 great years together,
That time cannot replace,
And everywhere I look in the yard,
I see visions of your face,
Your time had finally arrived,

For you to reach the other side,
December 10th, 2011,
The day that Shithead died…

You will always be loved and cherished, and never forgotten – Mike, Carrie and Kaelen

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NEW Protest Skateboards Team Rider Andy Anderson

After many years of teaching Andy Anderson tons of tricks and always encouraging him to skate hard and be creative I finally decided to put him on the team. Andy has been looking up to me since he was 7 years old and was always super talented. He shows his skills anywhere you take him, especially if there’s transition to skate. Rockin’ the old school board shape and tricks galore, Andy fits right in to the Protest skate style. He’s a tranny destroyer, a street slasher and an awesome kid.

At a young 15 years of age, he’s still got a lot to learn, but he had an amazing year proving his skills as the2011 King of the Bowls and the 2011 King of Surrey. Welcome to the team Andy!! – Hippie Mike

Check out some quick footage of Andy in a tough-to-ride tiny full pipe we found the other day. He only got to skate it for a couple minutes before we were told to beat it… And watch for Andy in the upcoming “Protest Profile” in the next issue of Ear GogglesCheck out the site for more details.

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Show Up Mike 2012 Online Skateboard Contest Results

Long Anticipated, and patiently filmed for over the nasty months of Winter, all 48 videos are made. Hippie Mike has set the standard for you guys to compare to. You can enter as many 5 Trick Videos as you want to. Pick any of the 48 skate parks below and get out there filming. Upload your videos to Youtube, then submit your video links here. Your videos will be voted on by the public. And whoever has the most votes wins.

Grand Prize $500

The rules are simple:

  • 1) – Choose any of the parks that Mike has already filmed his 5 tricks at.
  • 2) – Film 5 tricks of yourself in One Session at that park.
  • 3) – Edit your 5 tricks into a video and upload it to Youtube (name it: Your Name – and whatever park it is – “Show Up Mike”).
  • 4) – Submit your Youtube link to www.protestskateboards.com along with your contact information (kept confidential).
  • 5) – See how many votes you get
  • 6) – Repeat steps 1-5 at another park

There will be a separate winner for every Park on the list who will win a Protest T-Shirt. Video Submission runs from June 21st – August 21st. Online Voting runs from June 21st – September 11th. Winners will be announced and awarded on September 15th at Hippie Mike’s Tour de Surrey grand finale held at South Surrey Youth Park. Check out Hippie Mike’s Videos below

A WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!! Sean Lowe has won the Show Up Mike online skateboarding contentst.

Below is an archive of the Show Up Mike 2012 online skateboarding contest leaderboard.

Check out Sean Lowe’s entry into the “Show Up Mike” online skateboard contest at the Kensington skatepark.

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