In case you’ve been hanging out on the moon and didn’t already know, Aggressive Mall rider and all-around good guy Erik Bailey has received another pro boot from Valo.
Bailey’s latest skate is a tribute to his first pro boot, which came out in black and white color ways back in Valo’s infancy. Since then, the classic cut has been made into maroon, gray, and denim color ways, but Bailey, a man of classic taste, is going back to his first.
“That was my favorite of them all,” Bailey tells us. “I didn’t want it to be exactly the same.”
The Bailey 1.5 has a black leather skin, Valo two-piece souls, and other subtle updates to give new life to this classic blading look. Unlike other recent Valo pro skates, the EB 1.5 doesn’t use the carbon fiber shell and relies on the tried-and-true classic Valo boot.
“I think it’s cool because it lasts a long time,” he said.
The Idaho native is back in Boise after a month in Washington and New York, helping good friend and blade artist Kyler Martz with some exclusive pieces (Kyler also did the art for Bailey’s latest pro wheel from Eulogy).
While everyone waited to get theirs, Bailey has been collecting clips in his new skates in front of the lens of Ivan Narez. The dynamic duo brought you other great Bailey sections and clips in the last two Valo videos, Shred ‘Til You’re Dead I and II, and other projects.
“Ivan was in Seattle for nine days. We filmed the whole time, except for the few days it rained,” Bailey said.
The edit to accompany Bailey’s new boot is expected to premiere at the Blading Cup this weekend in Santa Ana, Calif.
Bailey will soon be en route for his fourth appearance at the Cup. Despite the fact he’s now old enough to qualify for the 30 and Over division, Bailey won’t be skating in it, but he’ll be judging the ol’ boys and blading with the pro boys.
“The older guys are probably the ones to watch,” Bailey said.
Besides filming for his new edit, Bailey’s been filming with Erik Bill for Snake River Special II, the second installment of the Idaho-centered scene. He’s also been filming with some Boise skateboarder friends.
“It’s really fun and that’s the point,” he said.
But don’t expect ol’ Bailes to hop on the VOD train just quite yet. He’s been enjoying the one’s he’s paid for, including Bolino, Broskow, and B. Free, but right now, he doesn’t have any plans for paid edits.
“Skating is one of those things where the edit is promoting the product,” he said. “If I were going to film something like that, I’d have to go out for a year.”
Right now, Bailey is having a blast being out on his blades, traveling around the country when he can, and finding a bit of new zeal about life.
“A lot of people talk about all the younger years, and I can’t relive them as an old man, but I’m finding a lot of new good times,” he said. “I’ve been skating more than every lately. I’m feeling really good.”
The EB 1.5 will be shipping out to pre-ordering AMall customers after we all return from the Blading Cup.