I found out last night that a local Mt. High rider, Mikey Radziwon, passed away in a street bike accident. Don’t know the details, but regardless it’s a terrible and heavy thing to hear.
I didn’t know him personally, nor did I ever get to take any laps with him, but I do know a few people that were close to him and knew him on and off the mountain. Needless to say, it’s a really sad day in the Mt. High and snowboarding community.
I’m in no position to exploit the feelings of others, and I’m not writing this to try and fit in with those who did know Mikey and are truly saddened by his passing, but seeing how that mountain has played an important part in my personal and snowboarding development I wanted to write something in honor of him.
Mikey was an inspirational rider for me and a few of my buddies. He had one of the nicest styles that would probably take me at least couple more seasons to get at. He was one of those guys who, if you saw him on the mountain, you’d want to ride with but were too intimidated to say what’s up because he’s just that good (i.e. almost pro-ho status). He was one of those guys who knew that snowboarding was just about having fun, and you’d see that come alive in his riding and the way he interacts with everybody.
I’m not going to be at Mt. High a lot this season, but I know it’s going to be hard for a lot of the locals and staff to enjoy the winter. Even though I didn’t know him on a personal level, I’ll be sure to take a few laps in honor of him and I hope and encourage some of you to do the same.
Rest in peace, Mikey.