Stokemeter Athlete Highlight: MICAH HOOGEVEEN
The other day, I had the opportunity to sit and chat with Micah Hoogeveen at the Demon Dirt headquarters in Orem, Utah. He happened to be passing through Utah and made it a point to visit his sponsor. It’s one of the traits that defines Hoogeveen, he is always making sure that the people backing him know of his appreciation for him.
Micah is a professional level snowboarder as well as an advanced level mountain biker. Born in California, and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, he has always been an avid fan of the outdoors. At the age of eight, his mother gave him a snowboard lesson for his birthday at the Powder Horn resort where she worked as a ski patrol. By age ten, he was hanging with the big kids on his own snowboard setup at which time his mother gave him a season pass. By thirteen, he was working at a local sports shop called “Gene Taylors” to fuel his snowboard habit.
He was on the mountain throughout high school and maintained the necessary grades and participated in the right activities to be accepted into the Air Force Academy where he was also on the soccer team. Though it was a big goal to attain, Hoogeveen felt the right thing to do was pursue a passion he knew he could make work out at this time in his life, so after a semester, he left the Academy and pursued snowboarding.
Pushed on by friends Ryan Robinson, Chad Talley, Casey Woodmansee, and Jordan Zdanek, he achieved a level of snowboarding that attracted some sponsors and realized a dream of being a professional snowboarder. After a few seasons, he strained his MCL on a trick. For rehab, he started riding a bike. The folks at “Grass Root Cycles” let him hang out around the shop and continued riding. He became so proficient that the shop owner Matt and manager James Flatten offered him a sponsorship as a mountain biker after only two years of riding! In that two years he has been able to master backflips, X-ups, No Footed Cans, Tuck no Handers, and is currently learning to master 360’s and Tailwhips, always pushing his progress in mountain biking during the snowboarding offseason.
Never one to waste time, he’s also a firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management as well as pursuing a degree in Engineering.
Micah is sponsored by Oakley, Demon Dirt, Quiksilver, DaKine, One Ball Jay, Flow Snowboards, Sun Bum Sunscreen, Grassroot Cycles, Alaska Rendezvous Heli Guides, and Salty Peaks.
Here’s Micah carving up the snow with some of his friends: