Mike Plumb, best known as “Lizard King” among skaters and fans, began
his path to the upper echelons of street skating in his hometown of
Salt Lake City, Utah. And while the city isn’t known to outsiders as a
hotspot for the sport, those in the know describe buttery spots and
skate parks that serve the scene well.
Born to a former pro motocross racer, it’s not surprising that Plumb
started out in BMX. However, a young Lizard was inspired to skate by
his older brothers and discovered his true calling in action sports.
He would compete in local competitions, but the street was where his
wheels got the most traction.
He made his way to Southern California in 2004, becoming part of
Orange County’s Hell Rose scene. He was quickly recognized for his
style, which even SoCal’s street veterans described as “insane.” After
landing a couple of early sponsors, he soon signed on to Deathwish’s
fledgling team, a relationship that would change his life.
His skating, which has been described as “tightly controlled but
savagely strong,” was synonymous with the brand for over a decade, and
he fronted Team Deathwish for Thrasher’s “King of the Road”
Today, he remains one of the most relevant and passionate pros in