Super Ugly

“Had to buy your chain back the last time you got robbed”

I confess to getting more excited than I probably should have by the graphic intro for the new Plan B “Superfuture” promo, not because I was anticipating some Simian Mobile Disco soundtrack and Fully Flared production values (though that might have been interesting, if not actually good), but because I thought there might be more than the usual VX2000/fisheye, two recycled songs (one from another Plan B video!) and another song that might as well be. But the DC braintrust behind Plan B’s initial demise and subsequent resurrection unfortunately don’t possess the vision of a Manzoori or a Hill, as you may have noticed from their choice of skaters to their graphics.

But Danny Way continues to confound persons like myself who’d just as soon write him off as a bodybuilding hound for X-Games medals and Guinness world records, doing shit like kickflipping into the goddam giant quarterpipe, 360 flipping the giant jump and 360-flip crooked grinding the giant coping. Colin McKay you could write off way easier and while he’s certainly milking it, I tend to give him a pass because it’s obvious he loves skateboarding to death, is constantly plagued with injuries and generally seems like a sweet dude. So you know. It’s all gravity.

Plan B’s Boston trinity is similarly conundrumous. The bearded car wreck-in-motion that is Jereme Rogers poses the question of whether those gifted with preternatural skateboarding skills are driven by the demands of the trade to shocker tattoos, preachy Christianity and please-stick-me-up jewelry, or if he’s just drawn that way. On the other end of the spectrum you have PJ Ladd, who seems content to dribble out atom-smashing displays of tech mastery (i.e. that Le Dome line with the bigspin kickflips) and lazy, casual displays of tech mastery (i.e. this shit).

And then there’s Ryan Gallant who can do bigspin backside noseblunts and doesn’t really make a big deal out of it.

Wenning and Duffy continue to stick out like sore thumbs, but pretty pleasant sore thumbs, like maybe if you slammed your hand in a safe en route to pulling a successful bank heist. And it’s nice to see Paul Rodriguez stretching his legs a little with the switch tailslide kickflip out to switch, and his last trick, which I’m sure is probably even harder than it looks. Maybe it’s all the moustache.

Aside from D-Way’s mega-heroics the other highlight of this video is Scott Decenzo’s big Plan B debut, and while he’s kind of hard to watch style-wise at times, you can almost see him getting better as the footage goes along and he’s got that youthful exuberance that drives one to do nollie flips close to walls, damned be the consequences. The young Canadian knows his way around ledge tricks but I’m guessing the unassuming rail moves that got him onboard – switch frontside hurricane (not even slow-mo’ed) and nollie backside 180 nosegrind are the sorts of tricks that make you wonder how some kids get pro boards for doing frontside 180s off kickers set up in front of big drops.

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5 Responses to “Super Ugly”

  1. Captain planet Says:

    Interesting perspective. Didn’t even want to mention Sheckler by name? Well, I guess I don’t blame you.

    Ryan D – has that solid take off and landing contest style. Ender was very impressive
    Danny Way – MegaRamp champ. though the flip-to-lip tricks were the most fun to watch. I wish he’d go skate more Wash St type spots though.
    Wenning/Duffy – agreed. But I like Duffy so “its all gravity”.
    Ladd/Gallant – mind blowing ledge love and properly commanded flippage.
    Rogers – The usual Jereme Rogers type of stuff. Good but Im not feeling the Famous affiliation.
    P-Rod – The Usual P-Rod stuff. His style seems to have matured even more though. and his ender was so good it reminded me that he used to ride for Girl.
    The Shecks – He said he’d shut everyone up with his Plan B footy in an interview in The Skateboard Mag a while back. Well, it was (of course) stunt man good, but again, his Hollywood superstar persona makes an appearance with hotel room vandalism and other a-hole antics that makes you not want to buy his board.

    Overall, it made me want to go skate. Which Im gonna do in about 20 minutes.

  2. mort Says:

    Breaking news from the future! 2010:
    Plan B Skateboards bought out by Mountain Dew, Greg Lutzka added to roster,
    renamed “Dew Tour Skateboards.”

    for a team that shoots a lot of portrait photos/ads… i’m surprised there were no slow-mo hero(a la reda) HD shots sprinkled throughout the promo.

  3. Watson Says:

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