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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Pushing Forward: "Vallely’s segment in Powell Skateboards’ “Scenic Drive” video (1995) expresses a substantive point of view. There’s a whole philosophy embedded in the edit, and, although it was never as influential as Valley’s seminal parts in videos like Speed Freaks or Public Domain, it may be the one edit that says the most about Mike Vallely himself -- Johnny Oliver’s videography helps give the skating a solitary, spontaneous feel. The camera either has the filmer struggling to follow Vallely flying down the sidewalks, schoolyards and back alleys, or alternately, shooting him from a distance, as if the skating is something happened upon by a bystander. This, combined with editing that utilizes quick fades instead of hard cuts between shots gives the part a feeling of an ever-forward drive. It’s a slice of Vallely’s skating, not a cherry picked, pre-planned “highlight reel” of Vallely’s repertoire. It’s raw and spontaneous, while always stylish. Vallely doesn’t seem to be sessioning, he’s skating. Skating hard.” Read the full article by @parkingblockdiaries on my website: mikevallely.com #mikevallely #mikevallelyvideo #streetplantbrand
STREET PLANT Some really great @kristiansvitak clips from 2003’s Black Label “Blackout” video… To see more Svitak footage and photos from yesterday and today give @streetplantbrnd rider Kristian Svitak a follow: @kristiansvitak #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #kristiansvitak #streetplantbattalion
STREET PLANT Although I may have taken my last run ever in a pro contest at #tampapro there is still plenty of skating ahead of me… Next up will be my @xgames #realstreet video part that I am working on with @tednewsome — The video drops in June. Stay Tuned! #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #mikevallely #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbattalion
Pushing Forward: "In 1995 skateboarding was at a crossroads, and so was Mike Vallely. Street skating was beginning to emerge from years of increasingly narrowing specialization. East Coast influences and general discontent with a style of street skating that might be better termed “spot skating”, were re-introducing free flowing diversity into the culture. Flow was back, along with wider boards, bigger wheels, and an increased mindfulness of style. The idea that getting from point a to point b could be a session in and of itself was on the rise. -- For Vallely, a man for whom professional skateboarding was not just an occupation but a mission, 1995 was the year he was supposed to “retire”. Even though his skating was as passionate and creative as ever, and his efforts had re-vitalized his sponsor, Powell Skateboards, presence in the culture, the conventional “wisdom” of the industry still dictated that it was time for Vallely to fade into the background, or fade away altogether…” Read the full article by @parkingblockdiaries on my website: mikevallely.com #mikevallely #mikevallelyvideo #streetplantbrand
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
On Episode 3 of @themikevshow podcast my cohost Danielle Bolelli and I discuss the topic of “spirit of character” or as we like to call it “Kung Fu” Give it a listen here: http://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-3-kung-fu Listen on iTunes and Stitcher as well... The Mike V Show Photo of @lucy_vallely by @jordanmatter #mikevallely #themikevshow #danielebolelli
STREET PLANT Rip it open and jump for joy… Gigi and Leland are hyped on their Dad’s Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Pink @streetplantbrnd Barnyard Board — 69 of 100 What number did you get? Add the hashtag #streetplantbattalion to all of your Street Plant photos for us to see and email your pics for reposting to mike(at)streetplantbrand.com Thanks for your support! #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets
Duty Now! Great afternoon spent in Long Beach catching up and talking story with Andrew from @duty_now Distribution... Australia: Duty Now! will be the exclusive importer / distributor of @streetplantbrnd in Australia... We (my family and I) are honored to know and to work with the Good Guys (Andrew and Alan) at Duty Now! -- All love and respect! #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets #mikevallely #vghc
I had such a great time in Edmonton with The Gents @violentgentlemen @georgeparros @goodguybri @hammerme and the @officialoilersnation boys... The first time I visited Edmonton in 1991 I had to get a photo with the Gretzky statue and this visit was no different. Thanks to @boostikaka for the photo. #exploreedmonton #violentgentlemen #vghc #mikevallely
"Uh-oh --Incoming 'Vallely' 10:00" If you haven't seen the full-length "Game On" video from @violentgentlemen yet... Get yourself over to YouTube right now and watch us @carrlynbathe @georgeparros and myself recreate the infamous scene from Wayne's World... I play "Stacy" and eat shit crashing into a Camaro... #violentgentlemen #vghc #mikevallely
I am in Edmonton with The Gents @violentgentlemen This is a video of what Day One of our trip looked like... Day Two is starting right now... Should be another good time... @goodguybri @georgeparros @hammerme @boostikaka @officialoilersnation #exploreedmonton #crashedice #violentgentlemen #vghc #mikevallely
We ( @georgeparros @carrlynbathe and I) recently recreated the "Game On" scene from Wayne's World to promote the new @violentgentlemen Game On Jerseys... I got to play the part of "Stacy" in the video -- Ha, ha... Classic! Watch the video on The VG YouTube page and see me eat shit as I crash into a Camaro... View the video here: https://youtu.be/HX2qgYj9wHg Video was filmed by @cassidysanders Photo by @goodguybri #mikevallely #violentgentlemen #vghc
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