This was the Third consecutive year for Hippie Mike’s Tour de Surrey, and so far, is always very successful…
Mike Faux ( a.k.a. Hippie Mike ) has been a skateboarder since 1986. Moving out to British Columbia from Ontario with his wife Carrie in 1998 they made a new life together eventually settling in Surrey. Mike began working for Surrey Parks and Rec about 4 years ago, teaching children how to skateboard. He also was hired on as Youth staff at the Cloverdale Youth Centre. Back at this time, Mike was still interested in competing and traveling to other cities for contests all the time. Mike noticed how there was almost no support from the skateboard community in Surrey, and Surrey had more skateparks than all these other cities. So Mike decided to run a contest at each park in Surrey. This was to show the community that Surrey was full of skaters, and also to show the skaters that Surrey was full of skateparks. Since Hippie Mike did not care much for making money off these contests, he decided to give all proceeds away to the Surrey Food Bank. Mike ran this idea past one of the coordinators in the Parks and Rec department ( for insurance purposes ) and ended up associating the contests with the city. And so began Hippie Mike’s Tour de Surrey.
This year was a very good year for Hippie Mike’s Tour de Surrey. There were lots of competitors at each contest, and lots of spectators also. I saw tons of new faces in the crowd this year which proves that my initial intentions for these contests are coming to reality. I think that my contests really bring this community together, and I notice a lot of kids that meet at my contests hanging out together all over the place. It makes me feel accomplished inside.
This year was a little different for me, because I switched my shop sponsor from Substance to Coastal Riders. This was for my own personal reasons, but it worried me because I had ran this event through Substance for the last 2 years. Some of the Distributors ( event sponsors ) noticed this and asked some questions, but everything ended up running beautifully. Special thanks go out to Bill at Coastal Riders for doing such a good job getting certain sponsors on board.
We started ‘The Tour’ this year at the newest Surrey park – Fraser Heights Park. I saw lots of new people competing and I was stoked. One kid that caught my eye was Sam Hampton, a very young small child, flying over the nine stair, and double set and taking home 1st place in the beginner category at the first two contests, and then competing in Intermediate at the rest. Sam looks to me like he will be really good one day, if he wants to be. Another kid that stood out to me was Jeremy Reid. I noticed Jeremy from a distance because he had an awesome afro. I called him over and gave him some product just ‘cause I was stoked on his hair. Little did I know, Jeremy Reid was an amazing skateboarder, finishing top 3 in every contest he entered in the Intermediate category.
I was disappointed at Bear Creek ( the final contest ) to see Jeremy didn’t enter, but was still present. I asked him why and he said he had won enough this year and wanted some other people to take home some prizes. This young kid is so cool. He just ripped up every park with lots of tech tricks, and I never saw him without a smile all summer. Jeremy Reid is really talented and not cocky at all. I wish some other kids would follow in his footsteps and just skate for fun. Isn’t that why we all started in the first place? To have fun? That’s why Cloverdale Contest was so good this year. There were these two kids in Beginner category Nick and J.R. These two kids are 5 years old and just skating around together trying to ollie and ride down little hills. They were both so small and everyone was cheering for them and having a great time. It was just awesome to see these two kids out there having a great time skateboarding, and J.R. even came and competed in 2 other contests.
The last person I’m going to talk about really made my summer exciting. Her name is Ilesha Szerepi. Ilesha came to my skateboard camp the first week of summer. She was 6 years old, and her parents saw an article in the newspaper ( Surrey Leader ) about me and how I teach lessons. Ilesha had a great time in the camp and I had been talking to her dad a lot in the mornings. I told him to bring her out to the first contest since there is very rarely more than 2 or 3 girls in the female category. Ilesha showed up and tried her best. She could hardly ollie, and could only ride on one little slope in the entire park, but she tried her hardest to do everything I had taught her in her first week of skateboarding. Ilesha ended up in 3rd palce, out of 3 girls. But she had fun, and that’s what counts. Ilesha showed up for more lessons at 2 other skateboard camps, and was present at 4 out of 6 of my contests. I have changed another life by adding new enjoyment to it. I hope to see her, and everyone else, next year and I’m sure I will Hippie Mike.
Total donation to Surrey Food Bank : $404.83 & over 400 lbs of food. Special thanks to Sherri Gosse and Bill (Coastal Riders] for all the help. Thanks to `The Pimpin’ Kings’ for playing at BCP and thanks to all sponsors especially the Surrey Fire Fighters who hooked us up with $5000.00 which we spent on 60 helmets, plus the 150 Hippie Mike’s Tour de Surrey T-shirts, 1200 stickers all manufactured by Cal Streets Industries. Peace…
FRASER HEIGHTS PARK
1st. Sam Hampton 2nd. Daniel Marsh 3rd. David Marsh
1st. Matt Marshall 2nd. Jeremy Reid 3rd. J.P. Belanger
1st. Jordon Repin 2nd. Jackson Chater 3rd. Dustin Locke
1st. John Hanlon 2nd. Tommy Gudmunson 3rd. Travis McGee
1st. Carrie Williams 2nd. Kari Dobson 3rd. Ilesha Szerepi