When you take a step back and look at all the skate pros tearing it up on a day-to-day basis, I think it is pretty safe to say that there is only a handful that you can consider good ROLE MODELS. It’s not to say that skateboarding is not a good influence on today’s youth, but most pros are still very young and are they too are trying to find their own path in life. It is like the young ACTORS you see working in Hollywood today. Most of them are still wet behind the ears and probably couldn’t dress themselves if they had too. And for the ones who are now adults but grew up as a young actor, all you have to do is watch an episode of E’s the True Hollywood Story to watch as a kid flushed his career down the toilet. So that is the problem a lot of the times. Early success can lead to one’s downfall.
But there are a the few who survive the rough challenges that come with being a young star. Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and KIRK CAMERON have all done what many others couldn’t. And in the skateboard world, Mike Vallely has not only created a long successful career out of skateboarding, he is also one of the few guys you can look up to like a big brother.
Sure he has loads of tattoos, plays loud hessian music, gets into fights, but the dude has a good head on his shoulders. That is why if I had a child of my own, I wouldn’t hesitate to allow him to partake in Mike V’s Glory Bound Skatepark Tour where the objective is to give the fans some one on one interaction time with Mike V on his tour bus. The event will also include plenty of prizes and should be a great time. Check out MIKE V’S WEBSITE for all the dates, cities, and details.