Street prodigy

Mike Vallely's had a long and storied career in skateboarding beginning at a very young age when he was discovered in 1986 by the Powell Peralta team during a demo at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. Vallely landed on the cover of Thrasher magazine that same year. In the wake of his fast track to skateboarding success, reknowned photographer J. Grant Brittain shot this epic photo of a young Vallely flanked by street skating icons Natas Kaupas and Mark Gonzales pointing to the new generation of progression. (Photo: Grant Brittain)