Mike Vallely..True Skater For Real!!

Mike Vallely is the TRUTH!!

ANIMAL CHIN

If you started skateboarding around 1987 or so, then you certainly remember how out of nowhere an east coast street skater named Mike Vallely seemingly fell from the heavens and made all us NY skaters feel like one of our own had made it. At the age of 16 Mike Vallely was officially sponsored by Skate powerhouse Powell & Peralta. Now Powell at the time was without equal , their decks and more importantly the skaters who comprised the Powell team were THE CREAM of the crop. Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero , Tommy Guerrero , Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen.

To be sponsored by Powell in 1987 was like playing for the 27 Yankees. These guys were Murderers Row and they had the videos to prove it. “The Search For Animal Chin” was nothing short of groundbreaking for skate videos at the time and its where (if you watched closely) you got your first glimpse of Mike V. But what really propelled Mike V.  into the public skate consciousness was his part in the 4th Powell Peralta video “Public Domain” Mike had scenes skating in NJ, Washington DC and New York City. Being from NYC and finally seeing a skate video with some coverage in our city was a definite thrill and I have had Mike Vs back ever since. I can still picture his turquoise “Elephant Logo” shirt and matching sky blue Airwalk sneakers..ahh the memories

Mike Vallely skates hard , skates fast and is still going strong. Below is a great video doc with Mike visiting the legendary Brooklyn Banks and speaking on his experiences as an east coast street skater.

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2 Responses to “Mike Vallely..True Skater For Real!!”

  1. […] reflections on Mike V and how it felt as a East Coast skater to watch Mike rise to the top. CLICK HERE to read the blog or click the image below… Spot Mike V somewhere? Let us know! Send […]

  2. […] Mike Vallely..True Skater For Real!! « Matthews WorldIf you started skateboarding around 1987 or so, then you certainly remember how out of nowhere an east coast street skater named Mike Vallely seemingly fell from the heavens and made all us NY skaters feel like one of our own had made it. […]

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