Mike Vallely is launching a new event series called the “Glory Bound Skatepark Tour,” which will be hitting 24 U.S. cities this summer during July and August. The series, which kicks off July 18 in Mesa, Arizona will feature "a unique mix of skate competition, entertainment, and fan participation like no other event of its kind.”

Here’s the release:

“This summer I’m returning to doing what it is I do best: annihilate skateparks. It’s been five years since my last truly focused skatepark tour but the distance and time has been good," said MIKE V.

"I feel totally reenergized and intensified and look forward to getting down to ripping it up. Joining me on the road is The Landshark Wheels Team and I couldn’t ask for better guys or more ripping skaters to hit the road with. From the legendary Bill Danforth to the high flying Ben Raybourn, this tour is certain to be the best one yet and is not to be missed.” The official "GLORY BOUND SKATEPARK TOUR 2010" admat can be viewed now at this location.

Presented by Good Fight Entertainment and brought to you by Landshark Wheels, ShredorDie.com and FUEL TV, "MIKE V's GLORY BOUND SKATEPARK TOUR" will kick off in each market with a "premium ticketing mentoring session" that will allow a limited number of fans to join MIKE V on his tour bus and gain access to the skating legend for a half hour of bonding and Q&A.

Anyone who witnessed MIKE V on his recent Zumiez promotional tour (which averaged over 1,500 attendees per market) knows that the athlete's exceptional physical abilities on a skateboard can only be outdone by his unique and deep-seated ability to inspire today's youth.

After the completion of the mentoring sessions at every stop on the tour, local skate competitions — billed as "The Best Trick Expression Session" – will begin. Finalists from each competition will be rewarded with the opportunity to skate with MIKE V later in the day and will also be featured on MIKE V's video blog and his massively popular website (www.mikevallely.com).

Grand prize winners in each city will win coveted sponsor prize packages and one national grand prize winner from the tour will be flown into Los Angeles along with a guest / guardian for MIKE V's to-be-announced "Skate Rock" festival which will take place in October, 2010.

"The MIKE V Show" will culminate each day's activities on the "GLORY BOUND SKATEPARK TOUR 2010". Joining MIKE V on every stop of the traveling festival will be street skating legend "The Nomad" Bill Danforth plus Kristian Svitak, Ben Raybourn and Cyril Jackson.

All throughout the day's events a professional DJ / Emcee will be on hand to provide a soundtrack of hardcore punk, heavy metal and hard rock "to keep the skaters on fire, the fans energized, and the atmosphere electric."

Three quarters of the way through the pro skaters' performance, the local winners will have the opportunity join MIKE V and skate side by side with him and the other pros. Each stop on the tour will wrap with an autograph session involving all the participants and the fans in attendance. To access pre-sale packages, receive news alerts, special content and much more, please visit this location.

Check out MIKE V's 2010 highlight reel including some of his movie roles ('Paul Blart: Mall Cop' and the record-breaking film 'The Hangover,'), skating performances and in-store appearances now at this location!

About MIKE V

MIKE VALLELY is a self-made, internationally recognized, multi-talented star. One of the most recognizable pro skateboarders on the planet today, MIKE V has earned a cross-cultural fan base and generated his own style of creative and aggressive skating that has set him apart, both as an athlete and as a personality.

In addition to his two decade plus career as a professional skateboarder, MIKE V is also a musician, actor, television personality and professional stuntman. MIKE V's acting talents and stunt work were featured in the hit movie 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' and the record-breaking film 'The Hangover,' which included a song written and performed by MIKE V on its soundtrack.

A modern day Renaissance man, MIKE V has fronted and toured with many successful musical projects, including his band Revolution Mother, which has played internationally with Danzig, Social Distortion and Bad Religion. MIKE V's critically-acclaimed TV series "Drive" — now in its third season on the FUEL TV network — both stars and is executive produced by MIKE V himself and chronicles "the world through Vallely's eyes" as he "travels across the U.S. and around the world exploring the people, places and issues defining skateboarding and youth culture today.

MIKE VALLELY is available to speak with interested media now. To chat with MIKE V, simply contact Carl Schultz @ ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated MIKE V news and tour information will be made available via the athlete's online domain: www.mikevallely.com and the ACTION! PR online domains:www.action-pr.com, www.twitter.com/action_pr and www.facebook.com/actionpr.

"A hundred years from now, Mike Vallely will be viewed as one of skateboarding's pioneers. He'll be remembered as a burly, glue-footed, hella-pop artist. An ATV ruler, a poet, and a fighter's fighter. An iconoclast among icons." – TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING

“a force in skateboarding for two decades” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Mike Vallely has always been a man of strong opinions and also a man of action. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Vallely will tell you how he feels on just about any subject and he’ll be heartfelt about his answer…What some of you may not know is that Vallely is also a genuine and open person. He takes the time to acknowledge every one of his fans and, year after year, he puts his body through the ringer to give skaters great demo appearances." –ESPN.com

MIKE V's "GLORY BOUND SKATEPARK TOUR 2010" dates:

Good Fight Entertainment Presents

"MIKE V's "GLORY BOUND SKATEPARK TOUR 2010"

Also featuring street skating legend "The Nomad" Bill Danforth

Plus Kristian Svitak, Ben Raybourn, & Cyril Jackson

Brought to you by Landshark Wheels, ShredorDie.com, & FUEL TV

July 18 Mesa, AZ Kids that Rip Skateboard School

July 20 Dallas, TX Woodward Skatepark

July 21 Jackson, MS Doc 36 Skatepark

July 24 Atlanta, GA Woodward Skatepark

July 25 Greenville, SC No Name Skatepark

July 26 Newport News, VA Anti Gravity Skatepark

July 27 Baltimore, MD Charm City Skatepark

July 28 Philadelphia, PA Woodward Skatepark

July 29 Rye, NH Rye Airfield

July 30 Pine Brook, NJ Garden SK8

July 31 Shrewsbury, MA Subliminal

August 1 Brookfield, CT Vertigo Skate Park

August 5 Canton, OH Evolution Skatepark

August 6 Columbus, OH The Flow Skatepark

August 7 Florence, KY Ollie’s Skatepark

August 8 Madison, WI 4 Seasons Skatepark

August 9 Milwaukee, WI 4 Seasons Skatepark

August 12 Lake in the Hills, IL Warp Skatepark

August 13 St. Louis, MO Ramp Riders Skatepark

August 15 Denver, CO Woodward Skatepark

August 17 Las Vegas, NV Skate City Skatepark

August 18 Simi Valley, CA Skate Lab