A LOOK INTO THE (SUPER) FUTURE
Where do I start? From the beginning would be a good place. And what a surprising beginning.
Clearly losing Paul Rodriquez from the team was a massive blow, but nobody expected him to have a goodbye micro section to start the video – I guess they must be still on good terms, that or Paul wanted all gold board footage for his new video, and no pesky jock styled Plan B team graphics to ruin the clip - so let them keep the footy. P-Rod blasts into frame accompanied by the tunes of De-La-Soul (Me, Myself and I - which I can only assume was a hint to him going off solo and doing his own thing) stomping a slow-mo frontside nollie heel down Santa Monica's infamous triple set. His short but sweet section is reminiscent of Hensley’s retirement opener, so is possibly a subtle dig at Paul’s future career/retirement.
Following the unexpected P-Rod surprise opener, come the intro credits: As expected, some aerial drone photography, mixed with kinetic typography make the viewer feel like they're in some Red-Bull snowboard short film. Spike Jonze obviously got his retarded brother to shoot most of it - with the mix of Phantom Camera slow-mo coupled with angles never seen before shot from drones, watching it feels like you are drowning in robotic waves. Confusingly impressive and draining all at once. If this was the VHS days, this intro would wear our your fast forward function after one viewing.
Felipe Fat Face Gustavo then explodes onto the screen - from living in a shoebox with his entire family in Brazil to the opener for a Plan B video eh? Nice work you chubby little bastard. This smooth operator is a pedos dream, as he easily fakie flips a very rough looking Brazilian double set directly into the camera and smashes the lens with his face. He simply looks into the cracked glass and gives it a 'I'm not poor anymore' stare and continues to run back up up the stairs. He makes another ridiculously clean one with a crack across the screen. This gave me hope that the real life element of the original Plan B videos was back. Alas, they show ANOTHER fakie flip at the same spot without the crack on the screen that was obviously filmed on another day. From here it's the same robotic stuff you'd expect from Gusty (we find out this is what the team call him after a casual self-dealt cupcake shown on screen... Toilet humour - really Plan B?). Felipe does do one of the sickest lines of the video - which ends in a nose wheelie nollie flip down a drop that would make Jaws shit his skintight jeans. Talking of jeans, it's nice to see someone sporting jeans that aren't sprayed on, although those bobble hats have to go.
Off the ranks next is definitely my favourite part of this video. The 'Legacy' section as they so gracefully call it.
Riders from Plan B days of old make a very poignant retrospective come-back to the fray. Skating to Beastie Boys, Time For Livin'. Mike Carroll recreates some of his most memorable lines from Questionable. Skating in San Fran as much as possible, Mike's nod to his most notable period is a true joy to watch. Backside smith grinds down familiar rails, switch big-spins down EMB-esque small sets of steps and long stylish runs, Henry Sanchez is even chilling in the background in a striped Polo to add to this beautiful ode to the past. Rick Howard comes next, skating to you guessed it, Ned's Atomic Dustbin. This very short but sweet clip is a pleasure to see as he backside flips effortlessly at some downtown LA stairs before a textbook switch flip into oncoming traffic. Rick's style has always been spot on and like a fine wine has become more refined with age. Then among other greats, we're treated to a few tricks from the rarely seen (looking a little chubby these days) Tony Ferguson, and even one from Sal Barbier - a textbook Sal Flip off a jump ramp in Pasadena. To conclude this glorious homage to the early 90s, Matt Hensley gives us a mix of old school street grabs and shows the young-uns he's still got it with a backside noseblunt slide at at unknown drainage ditch. The only notable missing classics are Rodney Mullen and Sean Sheffey which is a real shame. Ryan Fabry is also omitted, but that's fair enough. Say no more. 10 out of 10 for that section.
Scott Decenzo and Trevor Mclung are up next and they skate together in this street as fuck section which feels like The Amazing Rubber boys part in Public Domain. After an attempt at a comedic intro with them both pretending to be tight-rope walkers across an LA street as well as mimes outside the Chinese Theatre, these two complement each other enough with tech wizardry to make any skate nerd produce a firm stool with no need to wipe. A beautiful section with some relaxing jazz played by Tommy Guerrero. Trevor's last trick is a beautiful kickflip back smith on a ridiculous long ledge followed up in the same shot as Scott doing a backside lip 270 flip out - both collapsing on the ground afterwards out of exhaustion. Lovely part lads but you two rolling around together like that will no doubt get the homophobic skate community talking.
PJ Ladd comes next, I've been a fan of PJ since WHL, but by god has he put out some face-down, get-the-trick-done, zero-personality parts since. I think he's hired a skoach or something though, that or he's started drinking because he genuinely looks like he's having fun here, and whilst he does get super tech as expected, he proves once and for all that the rumour of the P in his name standing for pussy is not true. Skating with Sheckler must have influenced him or something. After a school yard tech intro reminiscent of Herman's picnic table assassination, PJ gets down to some serious big boy shit. Big handrails are hit, downhills with huge ollies at Brandon Westgate speeds and man sized gaps are taken care of here. The difference to every other prick throwing themselves off buildings, is that PJ is STILL tech. Switch backside flip down Hollywood High? No problem. I won't ruin it too much, but this was a sick part that we all knew he had in him. I've watched this section at least 5 times today. He even skates to rap music in the first part?! I'm not sure if he hit his head or something, but this is not the same old PJ we all knew and tolerated.
Rip Mike Ternasky
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