Based on the award-winning documentary film of the same name, DRIVE goes on the road with professional skateboarder Mike Vallely as he travels the world exploring the people, places, and issues defining skateboarding and youth culture today.
DRIVE blends action with information, empowering and inspiring its viewers to be active and compassionate, and to pursue their talents and life dreams.
- The Making of DRIVE 22 mins
Mike Vallely and director Mark Jeremias share how the documentary series DRIVE was created, the philosophy behind it and some of the places they have visited including, Israel, The Cayman Islands and South Africa. Using Super 8 behind the scenes footage, The Making Of offers an interesting, never before seen look at the series.
- DRIVE "The Professional" 26 mins
The premiere episode of DRIVE features Mike Vallely exploring the topic of professionalism in skateboarding. Mike visits with his childhood hero Lance Mountain, Ryan Sheckler, and Tony Hawk to get their views on the challenges of being a professional. The result is a moving collection of individual approaches and perspectives, combined with skate action in a diversity of settings that capture the essence of skateboarding and what it means to be a true professional.
- DRIVE "Beyond Borders Part 1" 26 mins
Mike Vallely has always believed in traveling to places off the beaten path to share his philosophies on skateboarding. In this episode of DRIVE Mike travels to South Africa to visit the Zulu village of Isithumba and participate in the Indigo Skate Camp, which was established to promote cultural exchange between Western and Zulu youth. Mike tours the Zulu village and skates a mini ramp built by the camp and native kids in the Valley of 1000 hills.
- DRIVE "Beyond Borders Part 2" 26 mins
Mike Vallely’s visit to Zululand continues as he takes the Zulu skaters with him to explore South Africa’s skate terrain, skating an Olympic swimming pool and a cement drainage ditch. Mike meets a group of orphaned and abandoned children and teaches them to skate at a local Durban skatepark. This episode reminds us all of the importance of sharing and learning from other cultures.
- DRIVE "Unsung Heroes" 26 mins
Mike Vallely reflects on the people he has met through skateboarding and visits three individuals who inspire him to keep going, Jon Comer, a professional skateboarder who lost his leg in a childhood accident, Mike Rogers who overcame cancer and has dedicated his life to being a role model in Southern Florida's skate scene, and Ryon Rommel, who was first featured in the film Drive and continues his battle with Leukemia.
- DRIVE "The Show" 26 mins
Mike Vallely goes on tour with the Element and Accel Wheels skateboard teams to explore the role skate demonstrations play in skateboarding. Offering insight into what being a touring professional is all about, Mike takes his skating from the a local skate shop parking lot to the Mall of America and 15,000 screaming fans.
- DRIVE "A Place To Ride" 26 mins
Not every town has a skate park. Mike Vallely addresses the issue of public skate parks by visiting a group of skaters who have successfully gotten parks built in their community, and Miki Vuchovich, executive director of the Tony Hawk Foundation, to discuss the bureaucratic process, the logistics of planning, financing and constructing a skatepark.
- DRIVE "Breakdown" 22 mins
The premiere episode of the second season starts with Mike Vallely entering his 20th year as a professionally sponsored skateboarder only to suffer a serious ankle injury while performing at a skate demo in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mike visits with his orthopedic surgeon, and undergoes surgery receiving eight screws and a plate to repair his broken ankle. After two months in a cast Mike begins a rigorous physical therapy routine to rehabilitate his ankle and make his way back to skating at the level he did prior to the accident. The episode culminates with Mike skating his first skate demo after the accident in Freehold, New Jersey before thousands of fans.
- DRIVE "Field of Dreams" 22 mins
Mike Vallely travels to the Cayman Islands to visit the Black Pearl skate park on the island of Grand Cayman. The Black Pearl is one of the world’s largest skateboard parks and we tour the park learning about its creation from park owner Mike Bell. Afterwards, Mike Vallely holds a skate clinic for the local skateboarders. Mike also explores the skate scene on the island by skating a backyard mini ramp, which is owned by Police Officer Steve Myers. Steve also heads up the Cayman Islands Skateboard Association, and Mike and Steve have a conversation about the growth of the Cayman skate scene since the completion of the Black Pearl.
Mike Vallely travels throughout the southern United States and visits the city of New Orleans, one year after the city was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Mike meets up with local skateboarder Todd Taylor who takes Mike on a tour of the city. They skate throughout the downtown area checking out a few of the skateboard spots that have been affected and /or created in the aftermath of the hurricane. Todd also takes Mike on a tour of the more heavily damaged Ninth Ward. The Ninth Ward is ground zero for the flooding that occurred when the levies broke, and Mike is shocked by the destruction once he sees it up close and personal.
Mike Vallely continues his travels through the southern United States visiting a series of small towns along the way. In White Hall, Arkansas Mike meets up with 18-year-old Todd Taylor who created his own skate scene by building ramps in his driveway, so local skaters would have a place to ride. Next Mike visits Hammond, Louisiana and meets up with skaters Kerry Simpson and Neal Boyd to discuss the impact Louisiana’s first public cement park has had on their skate scene. Finally, Mike stops in Oxford, Mississippi to skate the cities public park with a group of local kids
- DRIVE "Israel Part 1" 22 mins
Mike Vallely travels to Israel to check out that countries fledgling skate scene. To many Israel is only known as a volatile place sitting center stage in the Middle East’s ongoing political problems, but Mike finds it to be a beautiful country and is surprised to find a blossoming skate scene that has been around for over a decade. Mike skates a demo in the northern town of Hafia, explores the “Old City” in Jerusalem, and meets up with local skater Gilli Levy at the Jerusalem skate park to discuss the skate scene in Jerusalem and the issues Israeli skaters are faced with.
- DRIVE "Israel Part 2" 22 mins
Mike Vallely continues his travels through Israel. In the town of Eilat, Mike skates a demo and goes to skate a cement bank at a local elementary school. While there Mike interacts with the school children and teaches them a few basic skate moves. In Tel Aviv, Mike talks with local Boaz Aquino about the skate scene in Tel Aviv and growing up in Israel. The show closes with an inspired demo at the Tel Aviv skatepark.
- DRIVE "Tyler's Story" 22 mins
Mike Vallely travels to Churubusco, Indiana to visit 16 year old Tyler Fingerle, who was electrocuted in a tragic accident that took the life of his friend Samantha Merchant and a good Samaritan Mike Webb. Mike first heard about Tyler and his accident because he was wearing a pair of Element shoes that could have factored into saving his life. Mike and Tyler go to visit the Merchant family and Mike skates a quarter pipe with Jon Merchant, Samantha’s brother, in the family’s driveway. The episode ends with Mike, Tyler and his friends going to skate the Churubusco skate park.
- DRIVE "Brazil Part 1" 22 mins
The premiere episode of Season 3 finds Mike Vallely packing up his Wagoneer, saying good bye to the family and heading back out on the road. First stop is the country of Brazil where Mike meets skateboarder and community activist Sandro Santos. He takes Mike to his hometown of Poa where Mike has a skate session in front of Sandro’s house with a group of the neighborhood kids. From there Sandro takes Mike into downtown Sao Paulo to the Vale Du Anhangebau, the central skate spot in Sao Paulo. Sandro and Mike talk about how Sandro got into skateboarding and how he uses skateboarding to teach kids lessons about life. Sandro tells Mike about the program he started at a juvenile prison and they visit the prison where Mike does a skate demo for the kids.
- DRIVE "Brazil Part 2" 22 mins
Mike Vallely continues his trip to Brazil. He skates a local park in the town of Poa and leaves behind 5 complete Element skateboards for the local kids to share. From there he heads north to Rio De Janeiro where he sessions the first skatepark ever built in South America with fellow Element team rider Levi Brown and a group of locals. Mike goes on to visit the infamous City of God, one of Rio’s many favela’s. There he meets up with Brazilian hip hop star MV Bill, who started an organization, the Central Unicas Das Favelas, to further the plight of the favela’s youths who often times get caught up in the rampant drug trade. Using skateboarding as a motivational tool and outlet, MV Bill has funded the construction of a mini-ramp and play area in the heart of the City of God, which Mike skates.
- DRIVE "Parental Guidance" 22 mins
Mike Vallely explores the subject of Parental involvement in skateboarding. He visits the Bruno family in Crownsville, MD to skate their backyard wooden skatepark. Next Mike visits Fillmore Middle School in Fillmore, CA to see David MacDonald, a Physical Education teacher who has implemented a skateboard program at the school, the first of its kind in the state. From there Mike travels to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to visit with Rachelle Duncan and Julie Sasseen, two moms brought together by tragic circumstances, who are working on getting a world-class skatepark built in honor of two local kids who recently passed away. In the process the kids, parents, and community have grown closer together in their quest to realize their dream in memory of Patrick Tinell and Colin Sasseen.
- DRIVE "Barbados" 22 mins
Mike Vallely travels to the island nation of Barbados to check out its fledgling skate scene. He meets up with local skater Paul Wilson who has taken it upon himself to create a legitimate scene in Barbados by bringing all of the islands skaters together. In his efforts to push skateboarding and introduce more of the local people to skateboarding, Paul has established an island skate tour in which he takes all the skaters around the island to session different spots. Mike joins Paul on the tour and goes with the kids on the bus to checkout what the island has to offer. Mike is blown away by the local’s friendly attitude and camaraderie regardless of their varying abilities. Mike’s time in Barbados ends with him helping Paul and a bunch of the locals load some portable ramps onto a flatbed truck and unload them in a car park to skate… a makeshift mobile skate park.
- DRIVE "Two Ends of The Spectrum" 22 mins
Mike Vallely explores the subject of community support for skateboarding. He first visits Hot Springs, Arkansas to talk to a group of young skaters who gained national attention when they were involved in a police harassment incident on Go Skateboarding Day June 21st, 2007. From there he discusses the subject with John Leizear of Skaters For Public Skateparks, and finally visits the Green Skate Lab in Washington DC which is a community built eco-friendly skatepark that serves as a model of what is possible when skaters and their community work together.
- DRIVE "Roots" 22 mins
Mike Vallely visits his hometown of Edison, New Jersey meeting up with childhood friend Al Batagliotti at his skate shop Central Jersey Skate Shop. Al takes Mike to the backyard skate park of the Nolan family where they skate with a new generation of Edison kids. From there Mike heads over to meet up with his childhood mentor Rodney Smith, who took Mike under his wing when he first started skating. They head to New York City to visit Rodney’s skate shop, Shut Skateboards, and go to the infamous Brooklyn Banks, Mike’s all-time favorite skate spot. Mike goes on to skate a demo at the public Edison skate park, and in front of a hometown crowd presents Rodney with a special gift.
- DRIVE "My Life In Skateboarding" 54 mins
The award-winning documentary film that started it all. Centered on a cross-country road trip, DRIVE (MY LIFE IN SKATEBOARDING) follows Mike Vallely as he makes the rounds, showing up at skate spots and interacting with local skaters.
DRIVE uses America’s landscape as the impetus to explore Mike’s views on the current state of the skateboard world, as well as reflections on what's really important to Mike and why he skates… Why Mike fights to keep his place in skating... why he fights for skateboarding.
DRIVE is the story of a true individual, his family, his friends, his work and his life. This is a film to inspire and empower a whole new generation of individuals and skateboarders.