Meijer State Games Tournament Director Spotlight:

Mike Dallas, Urban Downhill

by: David Gerhart

Mike Dallas, who is currently a part owner of Bustin Boards, is this year’s tournament director for the urban downhill skateboarding event, which will be located in downtown Grand Rapids. Dallas was born in Eaton Rapids, near Lansing, but he was raised in Rockford, where his family moved when he was just six years of age. Playing team sports at Rockford High School that included soccer, swimming and water polo; he continued his athletic career in college as he went to Calvin College to continue his swimming career.
Before starting college, Dallas started to pickup longboarding when he attended Springhill Camp in 1999. As an action sports counselor at Springhill, he was in charge of teaching the kids different action sports like waterskiing, wakeboarding, etc. While at the camp, one of his fellow camp counselors had a longboard that he loved to use, and from there Dallas fell in love with longboarding and ran with it.
When he started college that fall, a few members of the Calvin College swim team had longboards, and his team would go out and longboard around campus. For two years at Calvin, he rode his longboard to class and then when he graduated from Aquinas College in 2006 he rode his longboard during the graduation ceremony.
After college, Dallas moved down to Daytona Beach, Florida, where he met his future wife, and they both moved to New York City. He met with Bustin Boards Longboard Company and Dallas partnered with the founder in 2009. Since then, he has become a part owner and represents Bustin Boards in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Mike has also helped design and open two longboard shops in New York City. 
Over his longboarding career, Dallas finished in the top-ten in a number of longboard push races around the United States, and finished sixth at the Broadway Bomb in New York City. Mike also curated the Bustin Boards Pro longboard team that competes worldwide. 
Dallas got involved with Meijer State Games of Michigan after a colleague of Mike’s lined him up with the West Michigan Sports Commission. Mike attended on the commission’s mixers at Fifth Third Ballpark. At the mixer, Dallas met Director of the State Games, Eric Englebarts, and after both agreed upon adding the sport to the State Games of Michigan roster, they started planning for the event.
At this year’s Meijer State Games, Dallas looks to create a fun, safe, and controlled atmosphere for longboarders and skateboarders to compete on the streets of downtown Grand Rapids. 
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