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MIKEY MENDOZA INTERVIEW

You've mentioned in the past that P-Rod is a big influence of yours. How does it feel to ride for the same team as him?

Riding for Nike is such a blessing as it is, and to know I ride for the same team as Paul makes me feel really good.

Have you met him before? How would you go in a game of S.K.A.T.E. against him?

I haven't met Paul yet, but hopefully in the near future. I've watched Paul get into the finals in Battle Of The Berrics finals almost every year and even win a couple of them.

I would give it my best shot, no holding back, But.... It would most likely be Game Over in 2 minutes flat. Even if I did get smoked, it would be epic to play him.

You would've skated most of his signature shoes, is there a particular one that stands out for you? How does the P-Rod 7 compare to the last 6 styles?

I skated almost all of P.Rods Signature shoes, but I am loving the 7's.

Seriously, they are the best shoe he has released! So comfortable! And So good to Skate in!!

Who else would you say influences your skating? 

I don't want to sound like I'm dropping names but Shane O'neill is the man.  I recently met him at a Nike Media Event in Melbourne.  It was so sick to skate with him. Aside from him, pretty much all my close friends who I skate with, especially my best friend Keanu Peina.  He recently took my Australian Junior Champ Title away from me winning this year's Nike SBA Contest. Me and him really push each other on. 

Do you have any major goals that you want to achieve? Or just skate hard and see where it takes you?

I think it's very important to set yourself goals with anything I do in life, whether it be getting that C- in math to a B+ little things like that. One of my major goals in life is to be a Professional Skateboarder. If I skate hard, stay focused anything could very well happen.

What's QLD like for skateboarding? Where are your favourite places to skate?

The skateboarding scene in QLD is nothing compared to VIC and NSW but you got to work with what you got. We have a tight crew of homies that go out street skating every so often which is really fun.

Some spots I really like are the benches at Robina High, Gold Coast Art center over rail and Varsity Lakes 8 and 9.

If you could skate any spot in the world for a day where would it be?

If I could teleport like Doctor Who and go to anywhere I would like to go, I would go to china to skate, it is incredible. I really believe if I went there I would have so much trouble coming home. It would be the most disappointing moment ever, that place looks like a street plaza made for Gods, I mean, if Gods were to skate, they would skate there for sure. 

Where will you skate today?

Considering I'm still a school boy, I'll probably go to the Basket Ball Court across the road from my house and skate there for a couple of hours. Shoot hoops and skate! So much fun,

I swear one day I'll dunk! 

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