German skater Michael Mackrodt has been part of the Element team for over a decade, and during that time has developed into one of Europe’s most respected skaters. His parts have featured in the Element films Rise Up (2005), This Is My Element (2007), Travel Well (2009), Get Busy Living (2010) and Hold It Down (2013), and in 2013 Element also released a two-part compilation of his best footage.
Also sponsored by Nike SB, Moskova underwear and Planet Sports, Michael’s been lucky to have spent much of his career travelling the world, appearing in independent films such as Patrik Wallner’s Translations from 2009 and Meet the Stans from 2012, 10,000 Kilometers, a documentary filmed on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the Philippines-set tour video Salamat, also featuring Alex Mizurov, Bastien Duverdier and Joseph Biais.
Born in the German city of Munich on 21st November 1980, Michael was raised in Paris, where he spent the first twenty years of his life and broke in his first pair of skate shoes. Now based in Berlin, he is a true adventurer and citizen of the world, whose quest for new skate spots has taken him all over the globe, from Peru to Azerbaidjan.
A compulsive skater, Michael is seemingly on the go 24 hours a day, landing kickflips, world class frontside flips and pop shove-its with alarming ease. With lightening-fast feet and a spontaneous style like few others on the European skate scene, he will no doubt continue to be a major influence on the younger generation.