The Greatness that is Mike Vallely

mikevbert.jpgA friend sent me this link to a youtube video of the great Mike Vallely doing a demo. Great video. Some of the comments are amusing — a bunch of know-nots criticizing the great skating of a guy who has been 1) killing every terrain (including vert, which puts him on a whole other level than most of the current street “pros”) put in front of him for the last 20 years, 2) was a street skating innovator in his younger years, 3) continues to blast away at demos like a guy just trying to get his career started, 4) Has recently recovered from a near career-ending ankle injury, and finally 5) has evolved from the old days from a talented but wild innovator to a stylish, solid, and smooth pro.

I have seen firsthand the man’s greatness, when he showed up at an amazingly shitty little local skatepark, full of nearly ruined ramps, and proceeded to tear it up. No complaints. No bullshit. Just skated his heart out, made the crowd all want to skate, and was cool to everyone.

I don’t normally even go to demos. I’d rather spend my time skating. But if Mike Vallely is coming to town, make time to go. You will see a guy who fully connects with skating, rather than some flavor-of -the-month, fly by night, kickflip/railslide fake.