Mike Vallely Skater Profile

Sponsors: Elephant Brand Skateboards, Iron Fist Clothing, Airwalk Shoes
Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 45, Status: Pro

Last Update: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Submit an Update

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6/29/2015

This picture really captures the essence of what makes this whole @xgames #RealStreet experience worthwhile to me. Being out in the streets, utilizing natural terrain — Breathing life into the inanimate to create something meaningful in the moment. The challenge of that and the reward of the process. A process that is collaborative. A process that requires a relationship that is verbalized but that is also instinctual. Skater and Videographer. Myself and @tednewsome. There’s the skating. The filming. The edit. All of it is an art. We willingly entered the competition but we didn’t set out to compete. We set out to create. Create something that was true to us. That would stand alone. Not as a statement of dissent but as an expression of unlimited freedom. This is what skateboarding, what MY skateboarding has always represented to me. To be acknowledged in this way today, to have won the “Fan Favorite” vote and X Games Gold at the age of 45 is affirmation from those that really matter that skateboarding IS still ultimately more about fun, participation, expression, lifestyle and creativity than anything else. That really makes me happy. That’s all I ever hoped to accomplish as a pro skater. Thank you Ted! You killed it!!! Much thanks to @zigmundimposter77 for snapping this pic and all of the behind the scenes help. Thanks to @mike_sinclair_ for including me in this event in the first place and for giving me this platform to share my skating. Thanks to @fredvanschie for his friendship, @professorschmitt for making the boards I rode in filming my part and to @servant_footwear @triple8nyc and @violentgentlemen for all the support — It truly means a lot to me. Thanks to the Home Team @annvallely @emilyvallely and @lucy_vallely for always having my back! But most of all… I’d like to thank YOU, my brothers and sisters of the board — You are my extended family around the world. Thank you for voting and for supporting me and showing me so much love and appreciation throughout all the years! They call it “Fan Favorite” but you are all my friends. Thank you and I’ll be seeing you all up the road! #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #GetUsedToIt

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