From Wikepedia, ” Mike Vallely, a.k.a. Mike V, (born June 29, 1970 in Edison, New Jersey) is a professional skateboarder who resides in Long Beach, California. His career began in 1986. He was first featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine performing a Sad Ho-Ho Plant. Lance Mountain recognized Mike’s talent and upon his recommendation, he was sponsored by Powell Peralta.”
From the internets, Mike is a badass (link is SFW, but some ads on the site may not be).