Mikey Mendoza

Mikey Mendoza is the most positive kid you’re ever likely to meet. At just 18-years-young he’s got that kind of maturity and foresight that you know is going to serve him well in the years to come.


The Gold Coast native recently won SLAM Skateboarding Magazine’s coveted New Gen of the Year 2013 – an award that celebrates the best of the best of Australia’s up and coming rippers.

The day he received the call from SLAM Editor Trent Fahey, he was on a Nike SB media trip in Melbourne, and savouring the fact that he was skating with one of his heroes – Shane O’Neill. “I don’t know how I kept my cool,” laughs Mikey. “I was already having the best day, so when Trent called and told me I got New Gen of the Year, I was losing my mind!” After his busy day in Melbourne, Mikey woke at 5am the next morning to study for a biology assignment, which he did well in. Clearly, he’s dedicated to being the best he can be in every arena. And for such a young dude, that’s a damn fine quality to have.

Mikey began skating at the age of six, after seeing some skateboarding on a TV program. He begged his mother to get him a board, and his begging eventually paid off when he was gifted a K-Mart plank one Christmas. The rest is history.

After a stellar 2012, that saw him win contests left, right and centre – including the Nike SBA Juniors, Volcom Wild in the Parks and the WITP best trick contest – Mikey’s focused on producing an all-street video part for 2013. “I don’t want to put heaps of hype on it,” he says, “I just want to make sure it’s good. I don’t want to rush it.”

Optimistic, but not cocky about his future on the board, Mikey’s determined to keep putting the building blocks in place to help him get to where he wants to be. “A quote I live by every day is, ‘Mind over matter’,” says Mikey of the mindset he adopts to get everything done. “Anyone’s capable of achieving great things, but you’ve got to have the mindset to succeed.”