Mike was another natural on the snowboard and skateboard. He was one of my favorite people to ride with and another huge inspiration. Me and Mike found this natural kicker one evening. It got too dark after a couple of jumps so we decided to hit it first thing the next morning with the roommates. The next day we find a film crew sessioning it. The filmers vibed us so hard, but Mike told them off and then went on to throw banger after banger to prove his point that no one can claim a natural kicker. Classic Mike!
Mike drops a big one in East Vail. I broke my ribs the day before and gave Mike and Bender my camera for their East Vail hike. I think Mike and Bender had to rock/paper/scissors who would go first and take the picture of the other. As you can see Bender lost.
This picture does not do this gap justice. Dodson made this crazy gap over the silk road in the Mongolia Bowl in Vail. Dodson stepped to it first then Mike followed. After Mike cleared the gap a skier tried it, came up short and broke his back. Ski patrol tore the gap down after that. That thing was huge!
Mike soars in the Utah backcountry.
Jason Dodson, Mike Tatay and me in Vail after doing King Arthur's Chute.