Mike Padial

Nationality New Zealander
Age 23
Hometown Nelson
Specialty Trials, Street
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Mike Padial is a New Zealand trials champion and one of the world's strongest unicycle trials riders, ranking in the top 10 at the 2012 World Unicycle Trials Championships in Italy. Mike's high level of focus and motivation is obvious in his online films, which include both trials action segments and tips videos. Mike gives back to the sport through efforts to involve young riders in unicycling, and demos and workshops at New Zealand unicycling events.

Personal Story

I started Unicycling in June 2007 when I got my first unicycle. I had previously thought about getting one after seeing some unicycle videos on Youtube, but it took me awhile to make my decision. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made and has changed my entire perspective on life.

My new learners Unicycle arrived at 6am on June 6th 2007, then I got it out of the box and put it together as fast as I could. I don't think I'd ever been so excited and went outside to start practicing untill i had to leave for school. After school I was back on it and by the end of the day i was riding 50 metres+ fairly comfortably. The goal i had set was to start riding withing a week, I smashed that goal and I kept smashing my goals from then on. I was rapidly becoming better and better and before I knew it I was doing things I could only dream of.

I actually love the fact that Unicycling is a small sport that most people consider only done in the circus. Some people think we're weird and that the sport is ridiculous while others are really curious and think we're incredibly talented. I like Unicycling because it's such a new sport and I've seen it grow so much in the past few years. Theres always the opportunity to do something that hasn't been done before. I can meet someone on the other side of the world and go riding with them no matter how good they are. Unicycling has a tight community and we're all like family. While my obsession with the sport sometimes holds me back it has also taken me around the world and helped me to do things i wouldn't normally do.

The thing I'm most proud of doing on my unicycle is probably just learning to ride it. Managing to sidehop 1 metre high was one of my biggest accomplishments for me and it kept me buzzing for a few days. I don't think anything has compared to learning to ride it in the first place though.

Learn more about Mike at http://www.mikepadial.com

Competition Highlights

Competition Event Place
2014 UNICON 17 (Canada) Trials 6th
2012 NZ National Champs Street 1st
2011 NAUCC Trials 3rd
High Jump 2nd
2010 NAUCC Trials 2nd
2010 Unicon 15 (New Zealand) Trials 3rd