Former pro skateboarder owns skate park
By Chuck Cox | Staff Writer
When Mike Crum saw Marty McFly cruising through the streets of Hill Valley on his skateboard in Back to the Future, he was hooked.
Crum, who went to Highland Park High School through his junior year and was home schooled as a senior, became a professional skateboarder when he was just 16 years old. Now, Crum and Oliver Bradley are co-owners of a private skateboard park in South Dallas, Overground Project, that is hosting an open house at 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Michael J. Fox kicked his board up,” Crum said. “I was like 10 or 11 when I saw that. In the ’80s, skating got kind of big. I went to a skate park at Bachman Lake called Skate Time. We were buying my brother a skateboard, and there were all of these pros out there skating. My mom felt bad, so she bought me a skateboard that day too. I never stopped.”
Crum was still a professional when Park Cities People wrote about him in February 2002. He was living in Long Beach, Calif. — where he met his wife, Bri — and competing all over the world. Crum was once ranked as one of the top 10 “vert” skaters in the world. He also won four X Games medals.
Crum competed professionally until 2007, but his passion for skateboarding was still alive and well. He had started producing skateboard shows in 2003. However, when he met Bradley in 2008, Crum really began getting into producing shows, which he has done at the Long Beach Grand Prix, South by Southwest in Austin, and on a barge outside of AT&T Ballpark before a San Francisco Giants game.
“We were storing our ramps at this one place, and we decided to get our own warehouse,” Crum said. “So we’re like, ‘Why not get a warehouse where we can build some skate stuff?’ And that’s how this [Overground Project] came about.”
Overground Project hosts art shows by local talent, amateur and pro skateboard contests, pro skateboard demos, video premieres, appearances and signings by pro skaters, toy drives, and fundraisers.
“Instead of us doing other people’s events, we do our own events here,” Crum said. “Once a month, we do an open house where we open it to the public. Anybody can come here once a month. Any other time, you have to be a member. What I’m doing here wouldn’t be as big of a deal in California. Some of the top pros in the world were at the event we just did. We’re bringing a really cool scene back to the Dallas skate community.”
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