Mike Gray: Haro 2018 Video + Q&A 1

Mike Gray is an animal, but you should know that by now. If you somehow don’t, this new Haro video will absolutely teach you a lesson. Mike embraces roofs the same way many riders embrace ledges or quarterpipes. It honestly just doesn’t make any sense. We also caught up with Mike to learn a bit more about this video and what his plans are for 2018. Check it -

From start to finish, how long did filming this new Haro video take?
Good question… 

Where was everything filmed?
A mix between San Diego and Toronto and Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Doeby flew into my hometown for a week to film. The rest of it was shot on our own time in San Diego.

What’s up with the guy in window at beginning? Did he say / do anything beyond bang on the glass and give you a dirty look? 
There were a bunch of old folks that lived in the building I was riding on. The roof where I was climbing and riding on - people lived in all of the windows right beside where I was. Several people saw me through their home windows and got super mad. I landed it just in the nick of time before a few of them came outside. They were all super mad - of course calling the cops and screaming. One lady in particular was crazy, though. She flipped the bird at me and said “you go to hell!” It was pretty intense. People are crazy.

The 360 no hander over the roof pyramid thing - I have no clue what the hell to call it - is awesome. What’s the other side of the roof like? It looks like you were able to hit it with plenty of speed.
The other side of that roof is awesome to ride on. The landing is blind, but there is a pretty decent run up - it’s a little hectic. Such a sick spot.

Which roof in the video was the hardest to climb up?
Probably the old folks’ apartment roof. It was super tall. I just had to jump and grab on and yank myself up as quick as possible. Nothing too crazy, though. Most of the roofs are fairly accessible. 

I’m assuming you did most of this burly stuff first try. It doesn’t really seem like stuff you get up and do again. Am I right?
Usually and hopefully it works pretty quick, but a couple burly ones in this video took several attempts. I try to mentally prepare days before the big ones, honestly. I tell myself I know I can do it, just zone in, and send it. It’s the mentality.

What was your worst crash during filming?
One of them was the whip off the roof over the fence. It’s in the video. My feet, then hand blew off when I landed. It didn’t hurt too much, luckily, but it looked intense.

Which clip took the longest to get?
Maybe the halfcab feeble or the pegs to ice to 180…

What’s your favorite clip in the video?
The bump jump tailwhip through the two poles over the road gap.

I don’t think I’ve seen an up-rail to 180 can can before. Have you? Is this a first?
Definitely not a first! I saw Dennis do it a year or two ago at the skatepark. He inspired it 100%.

I noticed you went back to the gate spot you rode in your Demolition video. The 180 over it is badass. Do you typically return to spots like this or was this an exception?
Thanks, dude. I would say it’s rare to find a spot that has more than one trick that hasn’t been done on it before that I can do. But, when there is, I’ll go back for sure if it’s a fun spot that isn’t an instant kick-out for different projects.

You take some serious impact on some of these drops. Any bike problems during filming?
Nope. All was solid. Shout out to Haro and Premium for the sickest, most solid bike.

What about run-ins with police or security? Obviously, a guy on a roof with a bike looks pretty strange…
We had an interesting run-in on the halfcab off the roof. Some contractor guy working on the neighbor’s house stopped right in the landing of the roof, put his equipment down, and took a photo of me on the roof and said “gotcha” and walked back in the house. I stomped it right after he walked away and we dipped. I assume he was heading to tell the owner of the house, but we will never know.

What’s up with you these days? Are you living in Canada full-time again?
Mostly in Canada at the moment, but doing more California trips instead of living there full-time. Toronto is next level, though. I love it at home! Just a lot of different, wonderful things going on in my life right now and Canada is where I need to be for a lot of my time.

In 60 words or less, tell us about your current bike setup. 
Current set up is feeling super clean. 

There were obviously a few shake-ups at Haro in the past month and, based on this video, it’s also clear that you’re still repping the brand. What’s your take on the whole situation?
It is what it is. I’m happy to still be a part and look forward to another fun year of riding.

What’s next on your agenda?
Cali trip! Psyched for a Haro team meeting and touring California pushing the Space Brace.

What advice would you give to any youngsters out there who want to jump off some roofs on their bicycles?
Be respectful to people and their property, but do what you gotta do. Also, make sure the roof is strong!

Any final thoughts?
Looking forward to another year riding for Haro and Premium - big things to come! Going to make 2018 the best year ever and continue to ride as hard as I can and have as much fun as possible in the process. Also looking forward to pushing myself and Space Brace to the next level. Thanks to everyone that supports me - John, Joe, and Colin at Haro for everything they have done for me this past year. Premium, Ceneca Wheels, Sensus, Space Brace, Jerry Badders and Vans for paying for Doeby’s flight to Toronto and always keeping me in fresh kicks, my friends and family, my wonderful girlfriend Julia, Doeby for his dedication, hard work, friendship, and vision for this video, and Joey for taking so many rad photos and adventures during the project. Thanks to everyone reading and watching.

Credit: Video: Doeby / Haro Bikes - Photo: Joey Cobbs / Haro Bikes
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