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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Updated: February 5, 1:00 PM ET
Inside Sheep Hills: Mike Griffin

Mike Griffin, as seen in an S&M ad in the late '90s.

In the early days of Sheep Hills, Mike Griffin was one of many riders that relocated to the area to ride the famed trails (and the many ramps in the area, not to mention skateboarding, which Griffin also excelled at.) Originally from the Bethlehem, Pa. area, Griffin's style was a unique addition to the Sheep Hills scene, bringing with him new barspin and truckdriver variations, as well as crankflips (as early as '96.) Griffin moved back East (and started riding for Metal Bikes), and drifted from the scene, but for several years in the mid '90s, he was a daily fixture on the Sheep Hills scene. What years did you consider yourself a Sheep Hill Local?
Griffin: It was around the mid '90s.

Where are you originally from and why did you make the move to Huntington Beach?
I was from Bethlehem Pa. I moved out to California to the POW house in Westminster.

At the time, what was your occupation and was it flexible with your time as a SHL?
At that time I just rode so time was on my side. Sal (Chris Sales) and I would hang out and eat a lot of Del Taco in those days.

It seemed that at any given time there could be huge amounts of pros in the area. Who was one of your favorites to watch ride back then?
When I first moved there I thought seeing '80s BMX pro Eddie Fiola there was cool.

Jason Pope superman seat grabs over fellow Sheep Hills locals in the late '90s.

Please give the readers an example of one of the kookiest things you ever saw go down at the trails.
The kookiest things I saw was the people that lived in the woods.

Did you sincerely like riding Sheep or were you there just because of the proximity of the "industry"?
I really liked Sheep Hills. It was a good spot when I lived in California.

If you have any last words on Sheep please feel free to include them here.
Sheep hills has held its place in time for BMX. I met a lot of people there that I can call friends to this day. I have not been there for a long time, but if I went back it would feel like I never left.