Michael was born in East London in 1968, left school in 1984 and never had a proper job.
He started surfing in 1986 whilst living in Queensland during a six-year global wander. He returned home to study anthropology in his mid-twenties and became obsessed with war zones, waves and London.
Throughout the nineties, he scratched a living by writing about all these things. By the middle of that decade, he scored a jumped-up title on the flannel panel at Dazed and Confused, and used that as a magic carpet to take him to places where he could indulge his various obsessions.
In 1999 he launched Adrenalin Magazine, thereby blagging his way around the world for another six years.
He published 'The September Project' in 2007 and 'The Book of Surfing: the killer guide to surf culture' in 2008. Michael is currently writing a novel set in California in the year 1969, as well as a series of stories about Kosovo and Bosnia, and loads of travel, interviews and other types of hackery.