2018 – Mike Weed

2018 Inductees

Mike Weed was one of the pioneers of modern pool riding and one of the best all-around skaters of the 1970s era. He rode vert, freestyle, slalom, and downhill. He had deep surfing roots and was even a pro surfer for a short time.

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He and his friends had the luck to find the Brea Spillway many months before it was destroyed. They also skated the Escondido Reservoir in the early days. At the 1975 Del Mar Nationals Mike was exposed to the world’s most advanced skating, and he began practicing for hours every day on freestyle, slalom and downhill.
Hobie re-launched their skateboard team and made Mike the captain. Money was not a consideration at first, but then things took off. The newly-reincarnated SkateBoarder Magazine took photos of him performing some of the first kick-turns on vert, at his second-ever pool-riding session. He was featured on the cover and in a “Who’s Hot” profile. He also appeared in the skateboard film “Spinnin’ Wheels.”
Hobie offered him a good salary and he turned pro. Later that year the Mount Baldy Pipeline was discovered, and images of Mike at the first photo session graced another SkateBoarder Magazine cover, a poster, and numerous articles. In a short period of time Mike became a top rider.
Mike Weed was an integral part of the 1975 skateboarding explosion. He traveled the world, skateboarding and having fun, until 1980. Then it was time to pass the torch to the next era. Mike was a surfer and skateboarder until the end. He passed away in 2014, leaving behind his wife Leslie and son Richie.

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