Sunday, July 1, 2007
Plan B Skateboard
Plan B was formed in 1991 as a superteam, made up of an elite group of skateboard professionals at that time. Plan B was started under Steve Rocco's World Industries empire, and the team was headed by H-Street ex-co-owner Mike Ternasky. The original team was made up of top riders from other companies who all left to form Plan B. It consisted of Danny Way, Matt Hensley, Rodney Mullen, Mike Carroll, Sean Sheffey and Rick Howard, and later added riders Colin McKay, Pat Duffy, Sal Barbier, Ronnie Bertino, Jeremy Wray, and Moses Itkonen. They also took the superteam concept to snowboarding and formed Type A Snowboards.
In 1993 Rick Howard was disgruntled over a wheel invoicing dispute and left Plan B with fellow team riders Mike Carroll, and Sean Sheffey, as well as Megan Baltimore who worked in administration. They went on to form Girl Skateboards.
In 1994, Mike Ternasky was killed in a car accident. Danny Way and Colin McKay took over the team while still maintaining pro status and eventually went independent, separating from World Industries. World Industries in turn formed their own superteam, with the Rodney Mullen headed A-team. With the loss of Ternasky, the team lost focus and Way and McKay pulled the plug on the brand and went on to focus their efforts on their individual professional careers, with Way joining Alien Workshop and McKay first joining Girl Skateboards and later Seek Skateboards.
In 2005, Plan B was resurrected by Way and McKay with the financial backing of Syndrome Distribution, using the same formula as the original Plan B, as a superteam of elite skaters picked from other teams. Paul Rodriguez Jr. from Girl, Ryan Gallant from Expedition-One, PJ Ladd from Flip. Way and McKay maintained their roles as team co-owners/pro skaters. Pat Duffy, Darrell Stanton, and Brian Wenning were later added to the pro roster. Ronson Lambert became the team's first amateur. Wieger van Wageningen became the first international team rider after the demise of his previous sponsor, The Firm, with éS Game of SKATE winner Alex Mizurov joining afterwards. Stanton later left the team for Element Skateboards in August 2006. On January 2, 2007, Plan B made a press release to confirm the addition of Ryan Sheckler to the team. On March, 26, 2007 Angel Cardenas from Bakersfield was added to the amateur team.
Plan B debuted their promo film, Live after Death, at the September 2006 Action Sports Retailer Expo. It is viewable online on Plan B's website, downloadable as a Podcast from iTunes, and also included on DVD with the puchase of select Plan B decks. Their first major skateboarding film, Unquestionable, is slated to be released sometime in 2007.