Mike Vallely Skater Profile

Sponsors: Elephant Brand Skateboards, Iron Fist Clothing, Airwalk Shoes
Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 44, Status: Pro

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

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3/22/2015

Another year at #tampapro and another foot plant… Ha, ha! Well, the thing is — I had this whole other plan for a trick that I wanted to do BUT I couldn’t figure out the right line going frontside so I panicked and went to the old stand-by. That’s when I knew that this would be my last run in a pro contest… It’s simply time to just get out of the way. I’ve stuck around at events like this for so long because I always believed (even if no one else did) that I had something to offer on my board… After yesterday, I know that’s not the case anymore and that’s okay… I’m stoked that the skaters in attendance let me get away with this footplant and showed me love and support, it means a lot to me and I’m not going to take advantage of that. So THANK YOU! Although I never valued the contests through the years as important to MY career or skating — I never dismissed them either. There’s something about being “in the arena” that has always brought out some of the best skating that we have ever seen and that we will continue to be witness to going forward. Anyway, I only posted this to have something on here from Tampa to really just say THANK YOU to EVERYONE that was at @spottampa yesterday — Everyone that I met, shook hands with, took photos with and talked to… Your kindness and support means so much to me and I truly appreciate it all!!!! (Side note: My leg actually cramped up while attempting this trick -- my thigh felt like it was filled with cement. It was very painful and uncomfortable and that was what I was dealing with when I landed this SO… It actually was much harder and a greater challenge than it appears on the surface… I mean, try doing this when you’re 44 and your leg is seized up… Ha, ha.) Thanks to @rothdigga for the footage. Okay I’ll stop typing — Well, after the hashtags... #mikevallely #mikevallelyvideo #streetplantbrand #spottampa

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