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Skateboarding Is A Crime

Skateboarding Is A Crime

While gathering up every photograph, newspaper clipping, flyer and more from my garage for the 22 year anniversary issue of Pure Fun Skate Zine, it was hard to ignore a VHS tape that had “Eric On News” written on it. During the mid/late 1980s skateboard boom, skateboarding was reaching every suburb across the country and [...]

Pure Fun Skate Zine Release Party: Promo Video

Pure Fun Skate Zine Release Party: Promo Video

The day has finally arrived!
Come hang out with people you haven’t seen in 20 years and pick up a copy of issue #10 of Pure Fun Skate Zine.
- Zines and t-shirts for sale
- Over 25 photographs on display
- Food and drinks
- Crucial music will be blasting
- Giveaways from Elephant Brand Skateboards and Nike SB
Thursday, July [...]

Future Primitive: The Art Of Powell Peralta

Future Primitive: The Art Of Powell Peralta

Future Primitive: The Art Of Powell Peralta
From the collection Of Matt Major
Crude video I filmed with my Canon pocket cam.
This Art Of Powell Peralta show was held at the Duke Art Gallery at Azusa Pacific University from September 7th to September 29th.
To view photos from the show go HERE.

Bootleg Birthday Brigade

Bootleg Birthday Brigade

Alternate angles of some of the tricks from Mike V’s “Birthday Brigade” segment from The Berrics. I filmed this with my Canon Powershot pocket camera and choose a more raw edit for that “behind the scenes” feel. Enjoy.

Endless Summer

Endless Summer

I recently discovered on old VHS tape containing footage from the old Endless Summer Skate Shop in Williamsville, NY. Endless Summer was my favorite place and the owners Mike and Jim were always the coolest guys. I couldn’t help but get this footage online for old patrons of the store to enjoy and reminisce. Enjoy.

Doubles

Doubles

Jake Reuter and Mike V breaking out a quick doubles line at The Jokers Pool.

Jokers Pool

Jokers Pool

Jake Reuter ripping it up in his backyard pool, the “Jokers Pool.”

Bellflower Skatepark

Bellflower Skatepark

Cyril Jackson backside 180 kickflips the big four at the Bellflower Skatepark. Filmed back in April 2010.

Houghton Skatepark

Houghton Skatepark

Mike V performing an ally-oop fingerflip boneless at the Houghton Skatepark in Long Beach, CA. Filmed back in January 2010.

Slow Motion Test

Slow Motion Test

Just testing out some different slow motion options for footage filmed with my Canon HV30.

Captain Soncho Blows The Shot

Captain Soncho Blows The Shot

World famous blogger, Captain Soncho misses getting a shot of Mike V at the Jokers Pool.

Mondays With Mike V: Episode #11

Mondays With Mike V: Episode #11

Time for a brand new episode of “Mondays With Mike V!” Mark Choiniere, who films and edits the episodes has been out of town all week which put us in a bit of a bind for a new episode. So today I grabbed my video camera and dug out my VHS copy of Rubbish Heap [...]

Bootleg Bangin!

Bootleg Bangin!

Alternate angles of some of the tricks from Mike V’s “Bangin!” segment from The Berrics. I filmed this with my Canon Powershot pocket camera and choose a more raw edit for that “behind the scenes” feel. Enjoy.

Lucy Makes A Skateboard

Lucy Makes A Skateboard

Mike V’s daughter, Lucy Vallely teams up with Professor Paul Schmitt to make her very own pro model skateboard. Watch and learn as the Professor teaches us about the CreateAskate process.

Legends Skate Jam

Legends Skate Jam

Mike Vallely, Duane Peters, Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi, Eric Dressen, Eddie Reategui, Ben Schroeder and Steve Alba tearing it up during the Legends Skate Jam at the third annual Musink Festival in Costa Mesa, California.
February 20, 2010.

Mike V Signs With Landshark Wheels

Mike V Signs With Landshark Wheels

Mike V negotiates his contract with Landshark Wheels head honcho, Kristian Svitak. Take an exclusive behind the scenes look at skateboarding’s business side.

The Birdman & Friends

The Birdman & Friends

Tony Hawk, Kevin Staab and Andy McDonald screwing around at Tony Hawk Inc. January 8, 2010.

Mike V & The Brooklyn Banks

Mike V & The Brooklyn Banks

Short documentary about Mike Vallely’s trip to NYC to skate The Brooklyn Banks, as well as touches on Mike’s history with the Banks. Shot in December of 2009 before the Banks were closed down until January 2014.

Mike V Skates Google

Mike V Skates Google

Mike V ollies over YouTube employee, George Strompolos, inside the Google offices in New York City. December 15, 2009.

Salad Days

Salad Days

From 2003.
“My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood, To say as I said then!” – Cleopatra
From Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
A film by Larry Ransom.
Narrated by Lance Mountain.
Hailed by some viewers as a “universal story” and “the perfect reminder to why you started skateboarding in the first [...]

The Ultimate Shred Sled

The Ultimate Shred Sled

When it was time to set up a new complete board, I decided I wanted to do something special as it is probably the last skateboard I will ever assemble and ride.
I wanted to have some inspiration and history under my feet so I thought if I had some gear donated by some of my [...]

This Is My Element – Behind The Scenes

This Is My Element – Behind The Scenes

Here is a bit of a behind the scenes look as well as some second angles, outtakes, slams and almosts from the This Is My Element video from Element Skateboards.
Featuring Mike Vallely, Darrell Stanton, Dallas Rockvam, Marc Falkenstein and Lee Dupont in New York City and various spots in New Jersey in March 2007.
The [...]

Twenty-One Years

Twenty-One Years

Here is a video I compiled and edited last year for Mike V’s 21st anniversary as a professional skater. Mike turned pro at a vert contest in Toronto, ONT, CAN on May 31, 1987.
He has now been a professional skateboarder for 22 years.
Says Mike: “This video is a random compilation from my twenty four [...]

Woodward Skate Camp 1992

Woodward Skate Camp 1992

I was digging through a box of old VHS tapes tonight and came across this footage.
Here is Brian Patch, Vinny Ponte, Chad Vogt, Damien Carabajal and a 12 year old Bam Margera. I filmed this at Woodward Skate Camp back on July 24, 1992.

Favorite Skate Video Of All Time? Vol 6

Favorite Skate Video Of All Time? Vol 6

with Made For Skate author, Dirk Vogel.

20th To PCH

20th To PCH

Just a quick skate down the ol’ block from 20th to the Pacific Coast Highway in Signal Hill, CA.

Favorite Skate Video Of All Time? Vol 4

Favorite Skate Video Of All Time? Vol 4

with Lockport legend, Mike Feeley.

Children At Play

Children At Play

Here’s an old video I made in 1991. Edited using two VCRs.
Starring Chris Fritton, Randy Lathbury, Chris Crenshaw, Larry Ransom, Stan Knight, Joe Cassenti and Eric Shugats.
All skate, all day. Nothing else mattered.

Children At Play (w/ Audio Commentary)

Children At Play (w/ Audio Commentary)

Audio commentary for the old video I made in 1991. Edited using two VCRs.
Starring Chris Fritton, Randy Lathbury, Chris Crenshaw, Larry Ransom, Stan Knight, Joe Cassenti and Eric Shugats.
All skate, all day. Nothing else mattered.

Favorite Skate Video Of All Time? Vol 1

Favorite Skate Video Of All Time? Vol 1

with Rick Kosick.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love skateboard videos. I thought it would be fun to ask a bunch of people what their favorite video is, so keep your eyes peeled every week or so for further installments.
I have about five or so of these videos filmed already and I will say that [...]

Skip’s Ditch

Skip’s Ditch

Mike V busting out a wallride at Skip’s Ditch in Costa Mesa, California. 10/05/08.

Shred III

Shred III

I get to skateboard in my “house.”
Self filmed. This didn’t turn out how I imagined it would and I will most likely revisit this concept at a later time.

Man Vs Skatepark Tour 2004 – Raw Footage

Man Vs Skatepark Tour 2004 – Raw Footage

Here is some raw footage from Mike V’s 2004 “Man Vs Skatepark” tour. This footage has been backed up’d on a hard drive for four years but I never did anything with it.
Here it is in all its glory… no artsy edits or music… just raw skating.
One thing that does suck is I had [...]

Shred II

Shred II

I’ve been digging through boxes and trying to organize and condense my belongings and just came across an unlabeled VHS tape. I popped it in and quickly found out it was some old footage of me skateboarding.
This footage is from a late summer, early fall day in 1990 and it was filmed by my MOM. [...]

Man Vs Skatepark Promo Video

Man Vs Skatepark Promo Video

Here is a short promo video I made after the first Man Vs Skatepark tour in 2003. It was featured on Mike’s website back in 2003 and early 2004.

Shred

Shred

My last ride ever through the streets of Lockport. July 2003. Still searching…

Wasted Days TV – “Boarder Transitions”

Wasted Days TV – “Boarder Transitions”

Episode #4
We catch up with Andy Golkin to learn about the origins of the Boarder Transitions Skatepark in Niagara Falls, NY and get some insight on the demos they hosted.
Featuring never before seen footage of Brian Lotti, Sean Sheffey, Willy Santos, Rudy Johnson, Jim Thiebaud, Barker Barrett, Jordan Richter, Salman Agah and even a pre-Hollywood, [...]

The Adventures Of Kenny & Pete

The Adventures Of Kenny & Pete

Here is a basic and short video I made for two friends, Kenny and Pete, who worked at the Border Transitions Incorporated (BTI) skatepark in Niagara Falls, NY back in 1991.
I was occasionally bringing my video camera to the park and filming my friends and all the visiting pros who came to demo at the [...]

Salad Days Trailer V.2

Salad Days Trailer V.2

“My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood, To say as I said then!”
- Cleopatra From Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Trailer for the second and yet unseen version of the skateboarding documentary, Salad Days.
A film by Larry Ransom.
Narrated by Mike Vallely.
Hailed by some viewers as a “universal [...]

Chris Fritton’s Short Skate Film

Chris Fritton’s Short Skate Film

I just edited and uploaded this quick little film starring my good friend Chris Fritton. The footage was filmed in 2003 but never ended up being used for what it was originally intended for so I made this webclip out of it. Sorry this took so long Chris.
Filmed on video and 16mm film.
Enjoy.

Skateboarding: Is It A Crime?

Skateboarding: Is It A Crime?

Here is a short video I made as a school project for my Participation In Government class three months into my senior year of high school in 1991. We were allowed to pick our own topic so of course I chose skateboarding.
If I wasn’t riding my skateboard, then I was watching a skateboard video and [...]

Mike V Skates Lockport

Mike V Skates Lockport

Mike V and I traveled to my hometown of Lockport, NY and did a little skateboarding. Here is Mike in action. Filmed in June 2003.
Also appearing are friends Chris Fritton, Joe Cassenti, Eric Shugats and myself.
Shot on 16mm film sans the last trick.

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While gathering up every photograph, newspaper clipping, flyer and more from my garage for the 22 year anniversary issue of Pure Fun Skate Zine, it was hard to ignore a VHS tape that had “Eric On News” written on it. During the mid/late 1980s skateboard boom, skateboarding was reaching every suburb across the country and Lockport was no exception.

For about one entire school year in 1987, if you were a skateboarder, you were one of the coolest dudes in school. The previous year if you were a skater, you were public enemy number one. But thankfully the number of skaters then was still pretty small and you could fly under the radar. In 1987, the skateboard suddenly became the coolest accessory you could own. Jocks skated, preps skated, headbangers skated, everyone skated. And chicks even thought you were cool. It was a crazy time in Lockport.

At the end of the school year in 1987, a bunch of skaters, myself included, descended upon downtown Lockport during the lunch hour between our final exams for the day. Hell was raised everywhere we went and it wasn’t long before one of the Johnny-come-latelies broke their ankle and the first ever 911 call involving skateboarding was placed. Thus began Lockport’s war with the cops and city council.

By the time 1988 rolled around, most of the trendy skaters ditched their skateboards as they already discovered a new trend to latch onto but the war with the cops was raging as hard as ever. Cops were confiscating skateboards right out from under kids feet and it was gathering a lot of media attention from the Lockport and Buffalo newspapers.

Channel 7 News even made it to town to cover the action. Not sure where they found the little kids in the street but the footage from the Torrey family’s backyard is pure gold. Steve Delahunt, Kevin Marriott and Wayne Muirhead get a few quick skate clips but my main man Eric Shugats steals the show with his interview clip.

I used a portion of this clip in my documentary film, Salad Days, in 2002 but this is the full clip. It drops a few frames here and there but what to you expect when capturing footage from a 25 year old VHS tape?