By Brian Beagle
This video is a highlight reel showing the Plan B riders at The Berrics skate park. These riders are pushing street skating to amazing technical levels. I have never seen this amount of mind blowing skating in one film clip. This clip is gaining popularity on the web with over 100,000 documented views in 4 days. The riders in this clip include Scott Decenzo, Ryan Sheckler, Pat Duffy, PJ Ladd, Paul Rodriguez, Torey Pudwill, and Felipe Gustavo. The video starts and ends with the AMs (Scott and Torey) as the bread of the Pro sandwich.
Scott is up first and demonstrates complete domination of tail slides. With flips in, flips out, shovits out, and other combos this kid shows us that he’s got the skills to win any street contest. It’s hard to believe that this level of skating is considered amateur.
Ryan Sheckler comes in next. The only real criticism of Ryan’s skating is he is not known for big switch tricks. To shut everyone up, or just entertain me, Sheck throws a switch, nolie, kick flip, 360 gap transfer (there is probably more to it or a name to this trick, but that is what I caught in real time). He backs that up with his patented power riding, big tricks over big gaps and drops.
Following that, Pat gets started with grinds and flips that make my head hurt. He closes with a backwards feeble grind with a 360 out, and yes, Andy Macdonald is right, feebles are trending this week. Then PJ comes in with a kick flip down a 6 stair directly into a switch, nolie to nose grind, tre flip out! Mega video game combo points on that. He backs that up with flip, slide, and grind combinations happening so fast I cannot decipher every trick. If you can, let me know, because all I want to say is watch this sickness for yourself.
P Rod starts with a smith grind and rolls into a feeble grind with a 180 flip? out. Were either of these switch? They probably both were, but Paul is so good riding switch I can’t tell when he does. He finishes his part with a flurry of kick ass riding, and since I can’t tell which way he is riding, I will let his skating speak for itself.
Torey is up next and his second trick run, a crooked grind to kick flip 180 out, looks buttery, and I think that’s why they give us the slow mo. A kick flip 360 over the box shows us his major pop. His part ends with a barrage of tail slides to crazy outs and a kick flip to crooked grind.
Felipe has the last part of the video and may be the other amateur, but shows us he deserves to be with these kings of street. His combinations of tricks make me wonder why he and Scott are not actually pros. Amateur skating has caught up with video games and the pros. This video is a shining example of where street skating is and will be for a long time. I have no idea what the next step of progression will be, but I am sure it will turn my brain to jello.
Don’t think I am the only one that thinks this video is crazy gnarly. Listen to some of the Twitter buzz.
@mikemo27: Dude… Just watched Plan B United Nations, wow they are so good. It’s depressing how they get so good!!! Wow!
@TheSkateSpot: Plan B United Nations. Torey Pudwill is gnarly.
@skatefile: Plan B United Nations is INSANE!!!!
@steve_berra: Plan B on the berrics. I’m sore just watching it. wow.
@hhskate: @steve_berra The Plan B edit was mind boggling.
@dvsshoecompany: TPudz and the Plan B crew really killing the UNited Nations.
This is just a sample of what pro skaters and industry people are saying. BTW, you should follow all these people and entities, if you don’t. This video shows us some of the heaviest hitters in skating and they are all on the same team! Make sure you watch the video a few times and try to understand all that is happening. We will see a lot of these tricks and combos this summer at the Dew Tour and X Games. I can’t wait!