mikevallely South River, 1994

By the end of 1993, I was broke — in debt to the IRS as well as to several creditors. It had been a good run but my skateboard career was over — at least that’s
what I was being told.

I was living in a flea and roach infested dump of a house by Westminster Mall in Huntington Beach, CA — I couldn’t afford the rent, I couldn’t afford groceries,
I couldn’t afford diapers for my 10 month old daughter Emily and I couldn’t get rid of the fucking bugs.

I traded my sports car in for a Mazda Protege — packed all of my belongings into the cheapest storage unit I could find and used what should have been rent money to skip town. I put my wife and daughter on an airplane and drove across the country, back to my home state of New Jersey. For 45 hours straight and over 2,800 miles non-stop, through an endless rainstorm, I rode alone… home.

My wife, daughter and I moved into a small spare bedroom on the 2nd floor of my parents house and I set an office up for myself in the un-insulated attic above the room.

That winter was one of the worst winters on record. Between the amount of snow that fell and the arctic temperatures we were literally house ridden for months.
I had a lot of time to think. In the quiet frozen attic of that house I began to rebuild my life in my mind. I’d sit up there for hours alone, my frozen breath like a mirror before me confronting me every time I exhaled. I realized sitting there watching my breath that life goes on, with or without
my participation, and so I’d better get my act together and get at it.

It became clear to me that there is no time to complain or worry, just life to be lived. In the end my suffering just didn’t matter, it simply served no purpose. With my wife’s encouragement I chose to continue to pursue my skating regardless of industry trends and wagging tongues... Read the whole article here:

mikevallely.com/south-river-1994/

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  •   newborn_24 Merry Christmas! @mikevallely! :-D 7h
  •   ufobait @mikevallely that was just insanely helpful! Merry X'mas to your amazing family :) 6h
  •   snapharding Wow Mike. Very inspiring. 6h
  •   barsonphoto Inspiring for sure, thanks for being so open, merry Christmas to you and the fam. 5h
  •   arn_xiii Thanks for sharing that! 5h
  •   ledlogic Inspiration. Thank you for that Mike. 5h
  •   punkroc701 I am glad you stuck it out bro! I feel like at some time or another i have been in those same shoes and you're right life goes on, so get to living or get to dieing. You have no idea how bad i needed to read this right now. 3h
  •   meangrindmachine thanks for this... 1h

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mikevallely Promo Video (1997)
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mikevallely BANGIN! it out at the old @berrics
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mikevallely Ollie To Tail at Scooter's / 1989
Photo: Christian Kline
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mikevallely Glory Bound w/ @dpdisaster at @killerskatepark in Evansville, IN / 2010. @larryransom on the mic...
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mikevallely w/ Bob Probert after a Kings / Blackhawks game in 2001... He was a true @violentgentlemen that night... I have not been in total awe of many people in my life but Probie was a heavy for me...
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mikevallely Revolution Mother @revomutha
Upcoming show dates:

Jan 22: @saintrocke Hermosa Beach, CA

Jan 23: The Catalyst Club / Santa Cruz, CA

Jan 24: Milk Bar / San Francisco, CA

Jan 25: Jerry's Pizza / Bakersfield, CA

Photo: Plano, TX / 2007 @adamlopezguitar
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mikevallely A few tricks from the King Of The Road (2005)

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mikevallely Getting ditched... 2012
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mikevallely With the Zulu Skaters in Valley Of A Thousand Hills, South Africa... December 2003.

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mikevallely twelve-eighty-one
1991

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mikevallely Making the most of what I had to work with... Demo in a youth prison in Brazil, 2008.
Photo @jairbortoleto
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mikevallely Brooklyn Banks Boneless One
2009 / Photo: Sean Cronan @cronanphoto
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mikevallely From my website:
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Skating With Natas ...It was a magical time… We were both in our late teens and truly had very little interest in girls, partying or anything else other than skating.

We just had to skate.

It wasn’t about our profession, obligation to sponsors or with any thoughts of posterity…
It was the moment.
It was necessity.
Spending weeks at a time, day in and day out with Natas, I saw some of the best street skateboarding that has ever been done. There were no cameras around to document it, no audience to impress…
It was just us… and the moment.
Our only motivation was the concrete unfolding in front of us… and as I followed behind, Natas would draw the most amazing, spontaneous lines —
Poetry written on the wind.

After staying with Natas I would always return to New Jersey a much better skater. He brought out the best in me and I always looked forward to my next visit and skating with him again.

Sure enough, cars and girls and the rest of it would eventually creep into our lives… and our friendship based solely on skating and nothing else would fade into the past as our lives went on…
Still, I’ll never forget those days and nights in Santa Monica, skating with the best of the best.

Read the whole piece here:

http://mikevallely.com/skating-with-natas/

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mikevallely Childhood Home / Edison, NJ.
That street, that driveway... My first skatepark... This pic: Revisiting the old haunts on the DRIVE road trip in 2001.
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  •   6watchi Mike you turned into a good man from those haunts! 1w
  •   jimbofairbro @mikevallely thankyou for what you do for our sport. U are a role model to me since I was young and continue to spread positive vibes for skateboarding. Much appreciated individual 6d
  •   skateerboy1002 do u know a guy named toby powell @mikevallely 5d
  •   kawikatakara Oh man, I used to hang out in Edison a lot in college at that church that had/has hardcore punk shows in the basement 4d
  •   sethoon @gea5ydoesit you and mike v got a lot in common 4d
  •   aidansanchezcampo Ur my idol 4d
  •   iamfuuckmanolo I'm a kid from mexico,and you are my biggest hero on the world of skateboarding,you teach me how to skate just for fun with footplants,fasplants,some day i want to be something than you,you are my favorite skater and some day if you can come to juarez city,chihuahua to ride in the xtreme park i can die with all the happinnes in this world just to see my hero do some tricks,i repeat you are my hero mike 2d

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mikevallely #pushingforwarddocumentary Chapter Three from @redbullskate is now live on:

redbull.com/skateboarding

Footage: @tednewsome
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mikevallely Frontside Boardslide
1987 / Lisle, IL
Photo @jpd
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mikevallely From DRIVE:
Up and over...
@zumiez Couch Tour / 2004

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mikevallely Venezuelan Concrete...
Venezuela / 2012
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mikevallely Backside Boneless
Catalina Island, CA / 2012
Photo @jgrantbrittain
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