Tonight sees the global premier of the hugely anticipated new video from the iconic Plan B, a company that has been synonymous with ground breaking skateboarding since it's controversial beginnings as skateboarding's first 'super team' back in 1991. Throughout the years Plan B has been home to a vast array of skate pioneers and the company's video releases were regarded as seminal, regularly setting new precedents in terms of the progression and evolution of skatboarding.
This may seem like an outlandishly bold claim but, when your roster of former alumni includes the likes of Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Rodney Mullen, Jeremy Wray, Pat Duffy, Colin Mckay, Danny Way, Sean Sheffey, Salvador Lucas Barbier and Matt Hensley, I’m sure you can see my point- and why the company's first full team video release in over 17 years is so eagerly anticipated!
First up we have Ryan Fabry from the 1992 video 'Questionable'. This part was way ahead of it's time with flowing lines, switch tricks, back three flips down stairs and flip front noseslide on a handrail- he even made pressure flips look good! Unfortunately, Ryan's skateboard career took a turn for the worse after he was allegedly caught blowing bubbles somewhere he shouldn't...
Next up is Tony Ferguson with his killer section from the 1993 classic 'Virtual Reality'. Even microscopic wheels couldn't stop Tony coming through with a tight section filled with his trademark crisp style, tech ledge work and flip tricks that burn like V.D! View to the ca-me-ra!
Third on our list is Pat Channita's opening part from Plan B's 1994 release 'Second Hand Smoke'. With his super fresh style Pat has everything, a solid (heel based) flip game, all manner of ledge wizardry, perfect ambidextrous pushing all delivered whilst sporting the obligatory mid nineties skate uniform- we love it!
Our next selection is also from 'Second Hand Smoke' and this time it's Ronnie Bertino who comes through with a brief, but jawdroppingly good, section. Technical flip tricks, lines that don't seem to end all executed at top speed plus, check out his unprecedented switch back lip down a very legitimate handrail. Hammers like that are incredible even by today’s ridiculous standards, let alone in 1994!
Our final selection Brian Emmers' part taken from the 1997 video 'The Revolution'. When this video was released Brian had only just been added to the team and was very much "the new guy" but that didn't prevent him from coming through with a futuristic part featuring powerful switch skating and supertech ledge combos including a switch hardflip nosegrind. Technical tricks of this nature blew minds at the time and left observers with very few options other than (in the famous words that Brian may, or may not, have spoken) to "recognise the skills"!
We hope you enjoy watching this as much as we have compiling it and roll on the 3rd of December when the 'TRUE' DVD is set to arrive in store. In the mean time, here is the latest trailer to tantalise you just that little bit more...
And for all skate fans desperate for some extra Dill info here is a link to a great interview from The Chrome Ball Incident in which he discusses all manner of things including the Vans video, the last days of Workshop, the Über cool Fucking Awesome team, why he doesn't flip his board anymore and even a little bit of info on Gino, yikes!
Happy birthday Sean, hope you have a funky, good time buddy!