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Merida, Yucatan, Mexico "My City" with Michael Scott
My City is a Volcom video series showcasing the Latin American Skate Team as they take us through their hometowns, showing us where they grew up skating and what struggles they had to overcome along the way.
In episode six of My City we visit 30-year-old Michael Scott from Merida, the vibrant capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatan, as well as the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula. Far from the Mexico City chaos, this Mayan-rich city is known for being an easygoing, safe, and relaxed part of the country with narrow streets, large central plazas, and beautiful museums.
Michael, originally from El Carmen City, a small town a couple hours away with a lack of skate spots and a solid skate scene, made the decision to move a few years ago when he realized Merida was a much better place to call home for a skateboarder. In addition, Merida is arguably the city with the most support for skateboarding on the southeast side of Mexico, so it was an easy choice for Michael. A strategic move if you will.
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From amazing beaches to breathtaking cenotes (underground springs and rivers) and beautiful colonial structures to a diverse selection of Yucatan culture and food, Merida has a lot to offer. While there are Mexican, European, Caribbean, and Eastern influences in the food, it is heavily influenced by the Mayan culture as approximately 60% of all inhabitants are of Maya ethnicity, resulting in the highest percentage of indigenous persons of any large city in Mexico.
To Michael, being a professional skateboarder in Merida far outweighs where he’s originally from, but it’s not perfect. Merida’s climate is hot and its humidity is moderate to high depending on the time of year. In fact, Merida is often a couple degrees hotter than in nearby areas due to its low elevation and inland location, but that doesn’t stop Michael and his friends from skating throughout the city and enjoying the place they call home.