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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: 1988 / London When I got to South Bank I just remember attacking everything… I was completely uninhibited — Tricks were just flowing out of me — Spontaneously. Things I had never done or even thought of before — I did them first try. Some I would never do again. These two sequences from RAD Magazine fit that description. The first is some sort of pre-Natas spin adaption (I’m not really claiming Natas Spin — I can’t mess with that) but this is definitely the same idea. Same with the Ollie Tailblock Spin — I never did it before — I don’t think I’ve done it since. This was one of the most amazing tours / trips I’ve ever been on and it was my very first time overseas. I was running around with @lancemountain @steviecab and @tommyguerrero — Living in a dream! #mikevallely #streetplantbrand
STREET PLANT This one of a kind @streetplantbrnd updated Street Axe Shape (9 x 32 3/8 WB: 14.5 N: 6 7/8 T: 6 3/4) Hand cut and stenciled by @professorschmitt himself is going to be given away to a #streetplantbattalion member of our choice! All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win this deck is to post a photo of you with one of our Limited Edition Barnyard or Mammoth boards and add the hashtag #streetplantbattalion We will give you guys a week to continue to post your pics and we will also look at all previous posts using that hashtag and somehow we will pick one of you great folks to give this board to. FYI… The full production Street Axe boards will be available in July sometime w/ the rest of our upcoming product line. Thanks for your continued support! #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets #streetaxe #mikevallely
Home Team I was lost. In a fog. Fragmented. I was in a habit of making mistakes. My reflection stung. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I didn’t know what came next. I didn’t know how to get there — I was lost. I started thinking that I’d run out of options, that I was trapped forever in my own forest of fear when my daughter Emily @emilyvallely called BULLSHIT on all of it. She was so certain of herself, so confident, so secure in her own skin. Where did you learn to be this way? — From you Dad. The good in me had come back to me through my own kid. She pointed me in the right direction… The road home. We started Street Plant @streetplantbrnd As a family. I could smile again. I knew who I was and I knew where I was going. The path is clear. #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #emilyvallely #vghc Photo @iriscon
It was 2008 and I was definitely well "Over The Limit" for Pro... Ha, ha... So many amazing times out on the road. The original DRIVE film and all 3 seasons of the series are available On Demand: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding #mikevallelyvideo #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #driveskateboarding #markjeremias
STREET PLANT @streetplantbrnd and @revomutha Present SWITCHBLADES AND URETHANE -- Music Festival July 19th at Alex's Bar / Long Beach, CA @alexsbarlbc Featuring: The Duane Peters Gunfight @dpdisaster Revolution Mother The Pushers and More Bands TBA! #switchbladesandurethane #duanepeters #mikevallely #revolutionmother #streetplantbrand
This one’s for Jesse Martinez. I borrowed this trick and many others from him. Jesse is one of the baddest dudes to ever ride a skateboard. Talk about "Street Style" — NO ONE could touch him when it came to street plants, wall rides and jump ramps. He was and will always be the best. Jesse was a teammate of mine on Powell Peralta as well as on World Industries. We put down a lot of miles together — Starting as roommates at my very first contest as a sponsored skater in Oceanside, CA in 1986. He’s also the only person besides my Mom to ever get away with calling me Michael. Because like my Mom, Jesse called me Michael with love. All Hail The Mess! #jessemartinez #mikevallely #streetplantbrand Photo @sierra_prescott
: Broken Buddies (2005) Lucy @lucy_vallely and I got broken off around the same time. She broke her wrist falling from a swing set and I broke my ankle skating a demo in West Chester, PA. That ankle break was a tough one. I was 35. Broke the ankle and tore ligaments. Had to get surgery — A plate and screws inserted into the bone. I didn’t really rebound from it to where I felt I could really skate at a high level again until about 4 years later. Still, I lost a lot of board control and feel — And I didn’t have much to lose to begin with -- Ha, ha. Also, my ollie power has suffered ever since. But, I still had a lot of skating to do so I dealt with it as we do -- Adapt and overcome. #mikevallely #lucyvallely #streetplantbrand
: I never had a Plan B. Episode 5 of my Podcast @themikevshow is available for download on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Topics of Discussion: • Retirement. • The Mercenary Blues. • Starting @streetplantbrnd w/ my family. • My sponsorship career (condensed version). • Why I left Elephant Brand Skateboards. • Tampa Pro 2015. • Stepping away from Professional Skateboarding Available for Download on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mike-v-show/id957167630?mt=2 #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #danielebolelli #themikevshow Photo by @sierra_prescott
STREET PLANT Jade Ryan: Skating Is Freedom Doing something different, skating for herself, skating for fun, #streetplantbattalion Team Rider Jade Ryan @skaterjaderyan is a part of a quiet revolution that’s infiltrating skating from the inside out. Fun, creativity, personality. That’s not the future of skateboarding, or a throwback to the past, it’s the eternal present that keeps skating alive. Read the entire article by @parkingblockdiaries here: http://www.streetplantbrand.com/jade-ryan-skating-is-freedom/ #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #engineeredforthestreets #jaderyan
STREET PLANT Photos like this just make our day. This is #streetplantbattalion member Toby Chappell @skateforhopenz from Havelock North, Hawkes Bay New Zealand w/ his Black and Yellow @streetplantbrnd Mammoths and his Green Barnyard. Toby has battled depression for most of his life and from November of 2015 through January of 2016 he is setting out to raise awareness about depression and other mental health issues as he Skates For Hope through New Zealand -- From Cape Regina to Bluff. We are honored to call Toby our friend and to be supporting him and participating in his journey. You can too! Check out Skate For Hope and learn more about Toby and his story here: http://www.skateforhope.nz #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets
São Paulo, Brazil / 2008 In the early 90’s I read John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley. The book resonated with me in the way that Steinbeck brought his French Poodle Charley along as a companion but also as a conversation piece — That’s how I always viewed my skateboard. I wanted to share and promote skateboarding but more so I was looking for a CONNECTION — I wanted to see the world, I wanted to breathe it all in and my board was my means. It was my companion and my conversation piece. The original DRIVE film and all 3 seasons of the series are available On Demand here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding #mikevallely #mikevallelyvideo #driveskateboarding #markjeremias #streetplantbrand
St Petersburg, Russia / 2001 I’ve never liked nor participated in “product tosses”. I believe them to be dehumanizing… Treating people like animals. Instead I believe there is real power in something passing from one hand to another with love, appreciation and respect. I’ve always liked this clip from the original DRIVE movie. Connecting with people — via a mutual love for skateboarding. The original DRIVE film and all 3 seasons of the series are available On Demand here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding #mikevallely #driveskateboarding #markjeremias #mikevallelyvideo #streetplantbrand
December 2003 / Durban, South Africa. They don’t have shoes. From DRIVE: Season 1: Episode 2 “Beyond Borders” / The original film and all 3 seasons of the series are available On Demand here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding #mikevallely #mikevallelyvideo #driveskateboarding #markjeremias #streetplantbrand
STREET PLANT My @xgames #realstreet video part drops on June 17th. I had a blast working on it with @tednewsome -- I definitely have to give Ted props for keeping up with me especially after he rolled his ankle. The guy could barely walk BUT he always manned up and somehow kept it together every time he had to haul ass and get the shot. On the last day of shooting on his bum ankle he wore through the sole of his shoe and friggin Fred Flinstoned his big toe… Ha, ha. I got my ass handed to me a few times but Ted got it way worse than me. Props to Ted and all filmers! Photo @zigmundimposter77 #mikevallely #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #engineeredforthestreets #Socco #socco78 @socco78 @servant_footwear #servantfootwear @triple8nyc
I’m beyond stoked and honored to be supporting (via @streetplantbrnd) and attending the Jeff Phillips Tribute event at @4DWN in Dallas, TX on May 23rd. Jeff is an important touchstone in my skateboarding life — My first skateboard ever in 1984 was a Sim’s Jeff Phillips. He was always one of my favorite skaters to watch and get inspiration from and Jeff himself was always very kind and friendly to and supportive of me through the years. So, I’m heading to Dallas and I look forward to saying hello to everyone that makes it out to this important event that benefits the Suicide and Crisis Center Of North Texas. #mikevallely #streetplantbrand
Happy Mother's Day to the two most important women in my life: My loving mom Mary (AKA Becky) and my beautiful wife Ann -- And to all you Moms out there! Much love and respect!!!! Pic: 1990 / San Diego Zoo. I guess my Dad took this? So strange. I can't really picture the guy holding or using a camera... Ha, ha! #mikevallely
: Untitled. I had bad skin Bad teeth I'd pull my baseball cap down over my face And I would skate I had no chance No place I found life in the dead space And I would skate I shaved my head I said I don’t eat meat I’d leave it all out there in the streets And I would skate I put my combat fatigues on And I had the word Alien scrawled onto my arm That’s where I was coming from And I would skate The bankers, politicians and lawyers they had property to protect But I showed the landscape real respect And I would skate I’d slide across the bus bench As the bus went by It was such a little thing but it made all the difference in my life And I would skate Photo: Christian Kline Garden Grove, CA 1988 #mikevallely #streetplantbrand
STREET PLANT That's a wrap... My @xgames #realstreet video part is complete. The edit is being finalized and submitted today! Thanks to @tednewsome for chasing me all over #LongBeach It was a blast! Photo: @zigmundimposter77 #mikevallely #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #servantfootwear @servant_footwear #socco #socco78 @socco78 @triple8nyc
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