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Mike Vallely

Photograph By Ed Dominick

Once know as "The Hot Shoe, Glue Foot," Mike Vallely is the first and last name you should know when mentioning New Jersey skate legends. In 1988, Vallely pioneered street skating in Powell Peralta's "Public Domain" video, while 25 years later his Berrics "Bangin'" video proved he's the only street skater from the '80s still ripping at such a high level. Vallely embodies the hard-working, blue-collar, no B.S. attitude that is synonymous with New Jersey -- and his company Elephant Skateboards is a huge source of pride for Jerseyans.