Mike wrote a short story called Head-Butting the Wall for the book Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2.
Mike: I prefer street skateboard contests because there is much more room for self-expression. That's why I skateboard. The individual creative pursuit. Wrestling probably offers a little bit of that, but it's not the same thing.
Mike's favorite pizza topping is pepperoni.
Mike was a vegetarian.
Mike Vallely had an interest in superheroes like Batman and Superman.
Build Worldwide released the documentary film DRIVE detailing Mike's career in 2005.
Mike turned into a Professional Skateboarder in 1987.
Mike Vallely is the lead vocalist in the rock band "Revolution Mother".
In skateboarding, Mike is sponsored by Powell Peralta.
Mike resides in Long Beach, California.
Mike is the lead vocalist in his rock band "Revolution Mother".
Mike was first featured on the cover of Thrasher magazine performing a Sad Ho-Ho Plant.
Mike's career began in 1986.
Mike has two daughters, Emily and Lucy.
Mike: It's been a really good summer. Being out on the road, playing music. You can't beat that.
Mike: I've taken contest runs where I don't even skateboard. I just throw my skateboard around the street course just for fun, For just pure self expression. You can't beat that!
Mike: Most professionals today have some sort of guaranteed salary and a royalty above and beyond that salary if their sales go that high.
Mike: I was the first professional skateboarder to ever get paid a salary by a board company.
Mike: People that consider themselves so hardcore. I get a lot of grief because I'm such an easy target.
Mike: Best city so far…I'm claiming today, even though it hasn't happened yet. I really felt, as this tour has been going on, that Seattle would be THE demo of the tour, and I might be wrong. We could get in there and there could be no energy, the crowd might not be into it, the skaters could just blow it - but for me, I've been looking forward to this one.
Mike: The motivation is conquering fears and conquering any obstacle that's in my way. For me it always when I make that big trick and I go through that process of slamming 20 or 30 times before I pull something it's like this life lesson reaffirmed over and over. And that lesson is, If you don't quit you'll eventually succeed.
Mike: I feel motivated to try crazy stuff when I'm skating and there is an audience. Whether its an audience of cameras or video recorders or an audience of spectators at a demo, usually its spectator…it's the kids that get me motivated to push the envelope.
Mike: I grew up with the mentality that I have to eat everything that's on my plate. And I've carried that into my adulthood. So if I come over to the Greenwood house for dinner and your serving something I would not particularly care for I will eat it.
Mike: Every time I do skate there is always something new happening, there's always some sort of learning process going on. There's always some addition to something I already do or a whole new maneuver. That usually happens rather spontaneously, it's not something that is premeditated.
Mike: I was upset but I kind went into it knowing it would fail. I really didn't have any options at the time. I had to leave Powell, I had no choice I had to get the hell out of there.