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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STREET PLANT I started skateboarding in 1984 and skateboard design was already behind when it came to the real life application of what us kids were doing out in the streets. In 1986 when I started skating for Powell Peralta I drilled the nose of my Lance Mountain board back so that I could actually use the nose of the board for tricks. Stacy Peralta tripped out on what I was doing trick wise and the fact that the boards he was making were too slow to adapt to what we were doing on them. When I put out my first pro model in 1988, the nose was considered big by the standards of the day. I actually wanted an even bigger nose but the manufacturer saw it as too much of a risk in the market place. World Industries was smaller and nimbler and more in tune with what was happening and so with working directly with Steve Rocco and Rodney Mullen we introduced the Barnyard Board in 1989 -- I was going out on a limb design wise by putting my name on that board BUT that board is considered the prototype for the modern day popsicle stick and for changing skateboard shapes for the past 25 years or so. But the popsicle stick is not the end of the line… Skateboard shapes are back! Freedom in skating is back! And in that spirit @streetplantbrnd introduces the new meaner, leaner and #EngineeredForTheStreets Street Axe— Fine tuned at #PsStix by none other than Master Craftsmen @professorschmitt. Don’t select your Axe from a soulless zombified pretender… Street Plant Brand is your real deal #StreetAxe dealer! #StreetPlantBrand #TheEvolutionOfShape #NeverComply #MikeVallely #SkateCreateEnjoy #WeaponsOfMassCreation

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