I HEART MIKE BENDA!
Who doesn’t love Mike Benda? HIS HEART IS PURE GOLD!
He has been a huge part of the local and international longboard scene since the beginning. “Serial 5″ has probably shown you how to do a trick or two… his fast, all or nothing style makes Mike a fun rider to watch and skate with.
He is always helping grow the scene by driving groms all over the city and showing them how to ride properly. He has even been known to pay for entry fees and loan equipment just to allow other people to share the passion of longboarding. He gives a lot and really expects nothing in return.
If you’ve spent time hanging out with Mike you know he is ultimately a kid at heart just looking for the next session. So when you see him in a suit(not leathers) it can be a bit shocking – it goes to show that there is a lot more to Mike than meets the eye. He may be standing next to you with a smile on his face but really he is thinking of how to best catch you off guard to sneak a quick jab.
Next time you see Mike make sure you give him a hug.
Thanks to Brianne, Nick and Shawn for making the custom t shirts and to Paul for taking the photos.
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