MEET THE TEAM
Neal Mims has dedicated over 30 years of his life to skateboarding and have been a professional for 16 of them. He has graced the pages of major magazine publications worldwide and has appeared in numerous skate videos and TV shows. He has skated with the best athletes in the industry such as: Tony Hawk, Danny Way, Paul Rodriquez, Rodney Mullen, Torey Pudwill, Rob Dyrdek, Chris Cole, Bob Burnquist, and Ryan Sheckler. Neal loves to share his knowledge and experience with others while having fun and making connections with his students. He particularly enjoys watching students grow into more confident, experienced skaters. With his unique sense of humor, his is able to connect to each individual, and make every experience memorable.
Mike Wilson has been skateboarding for 24 years and instructing for 15. He began working at the Encinitas YMCA Skatepark as an instructor in 2001. In 2008 he received his BA in Business Management and soon became the Coordinator of the YMCA Skatepark. He successfully managed programming and operations there for 7 years before leaving in 2016 to open Academy Skatepark. He is also happily married and the proud father of 2 wonderful boys.
We had such a fun week! Thursday and Friday we had a guest photographer join us along our journey. We visited Kimball Skatepark in National City, Imperial Beach Skatepark, Chicano Park Skatepark in San Diego, Robb Field Skatepark in Ocean Beach, Alga Skatepark in Carlsbad, and Academy Skatepark in Vista…