A product of the always-hot California skate scene, Alex Midler is a star of street contests.
Skateboarding phenom Alex Midler has taken the street skating scene by storm, breaking in as a young teenager and proving he can hang with the best.
Alex was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and when a neighbour bought his older brother Todd, three years his senior, a skateboard as a gift, Alex was immediately jealous.
He first rode his brother’s skateboard when he was just three-years-old. "My brother told me not to touch the skateboard because it was his," Alex recalls. "But, of course, I wanted to steal whatever he had."
When Alex was six, the family uprooted from the East Coast and made the move across the country to southern California. As a kid he played all types of traditional sports – baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, soccer, lacrosse, swimming – but he never forgot about his longing for his brother’s skateboard, and when he arrived in California, Alex got his own board at last.
Both Todd and he started going to skate camps, getting lessons and teaching themselves how to do tricks. Eventually, all Alex could think about was when he'd be going skating next. "In skateboarding, you could just do it whenever and wherever," Alex says. "There wasn't a set practice, there wasn't a team that you had to cooperate with. You could just learn your tricks and get better on your own time."
At age eight, Alex discovered Skatelab, an indoor skate park in nearby Simi Valley, where he’d spend as much time as possible. He also built plastic skate ramps in his family’s driveway, and soon the Midler family had installed a full miniramp in the backyard.
While Alex was getting ready to leave skate camp at Woodward West, he found out there was going to be a California Amateur Skateboard League contest the following day. He asked his mum if he could stay an extra day and compete. She said yes. "I tried one really hard trick the whole time and I fell the every time trying to land it," Alex remembers of that day. He went on to compete in more CASL contests around California and eventually started winning them. By age eight, he picked up his first sponsor, Val Surf, his local skate shop. By nine, he was on the team at Skatelab, and bigger sponsors soon followed.
After doing well at a couple of contests, Alex qualified for his first Tampa Am in 2011 where he made the semis, and the following year he got fourth at AmsterDamn Am. In 2013 Alex won a qualifier contest at Woodward West that gave him a chance to compete in the Woodward Street League Showdown Championships, an amateur street contest alongside the pro-level Street League Championships in Newark, New Jersey. Alex won in Newark, setting himself up to be the next star of Street League.
By 2015, he got his first invite to compete at X Games in the amateur street skating contest in Austin, Texas, where he walked away with the silver medal. "Just being there was really cool," Alex says. "I was happy to do well and now I've just got to keep doing better."
In 2016 he really stepped it up to take first at Damn Am and second at the Tampa Am, and in 2017 he stepped on to the X Games podium for the first time with a third in the Skateboard Street Amateur contest. He also featured in TV commercials and numerous video parts edited by his brother.
When he's not skateboarding or attending high school, Alex loves to surf and snowboard from his home base in Calabasas, California. "I love everything on a board pretty much," he says.