Mike Kaufmann began his career in the sports world as a young competitive surfer from Atlantic Beach, Florida. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Mike was soon known as the kid to beat at many surfing contests around the southeast region of the United States.
Surfing led to a career in skateboarding where Kaufmann was one of only a few East Coast skaters to become a “Z Boy,” skating for the legendary Z Flex skateboard team.
Working for Brumos Racing for eleven years put Mike at the epicenter of the IMSA Road Racing world where he worked for the most successful drivers and teams in the world. Below, Kaufmann is with Brian Redmon, winner of the 1976 24 Hours of Daytona during the 50th anniversary of the event.
Working for the PGA TOUR Golf Academy running the video shoots led to a stint at PGA TOUR Productions, Monday Night Football and ABC Golf coverage. A brief stint on the Hooters (or T.C. Jordan) Tour ended any hopes of playing as a professional. “I’ll never forget my dad telling me theres two things that just won’t make it,” Kaufmann said. “Dogs who chase parked cars and pros who chip for pars!”
Signing the track at Daytona International Speedway.