As far as video legacies go, few companies even come close to matching what Plan B has released over the past 22 years since Mike Ternasky's superteam first redefined skateboarding in Questionable ('92). And in terms of advancing skateboarding, fewer yet have been as influential—with parts or single tricks from the likes of Duffy, Carroll, Mullen, Sheffey, Wray, Way, Pudwill, Gustavo, and onward outright shifting the parameters of what is deemed possible on a skateboard the second they hit screens. Following the six-years-in-the-making full-length (True) finally premiering this past November—and nine years since the company was officially resurrected from the '99 hiatus—the following are 10 of Plan B's heaviest hits. —Mackenzie Eisenhour
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1. Questionable (1992)
Here they come. Ternasky leaves H-Street to build one of the most star-studded teams ever. Their first video knocks skateboarding senseless. Duffy grinds the double kinks, Mullen hits the streets, Carroll takes over EMB, Howard bluntslides to back noseblunt, Sheffey front 360s a fence, Sal finesses nollie front foot flips, McKay and Way light ATV wildfires, and Hensley retires. Soundtrack Highlights: Primus, Hieroglyphics, and Cat Stevens. Format: VHS
Pat Duffy, frontside 50-50.
Colin McKay, frontside shove-it back 180.
Ryan Fabre, kickflip frontside noseslide.
Sal Barbier, noseslide fakie manual frontside half Cab out.
Sean Sheffey, late frontside bigspin.
Rodney Mullen, casper slide.
Mike Carroll, kickflip late shove-it.
Rick Howard, bluntslide to backside noseblunt-slide.
2. Virtual Reality (1993)
Plan B's second video picks up right where Questionable left off. Barring a switch from Fabre to Ferguson and a Sal Barbier "retirement" part—Rodney unveils the darkslide, Howard switch tres at Beryl, Carroll back lips the DC gold rail in a line, Duffy 180 nosegrinds the Federal Building, Sheffey ollies his son, Way and McKay continue to do it all. And the Blind "Friends" section and Cardiel's padless 540 don't hurt either. Soundtrack Highlights: Casual, Rick James, and The Beatles. Format: VHS
Colin McKay, frontside half-Cab flip.
Tony Ferguson, half-Cab flip manual backside 180 out.
Sean Sheffey, Ollie over his son.
Rodney Mullen, darkslide.
Mike Carroll, inward heelflip noseslide.
Rick Howard, switch 360 flip.
Pat Duffy, frontside 180 nosegrind.
Danny Way, frontside flip.
3. Second Hand Smoke (1994)
In May of '94, Mike Ternasky is tragically killed in a car accident. Months later Danny Way suffers a broken neck. With Plan B's third video already in the works, Jake Rosenberg steps in to edit. Filling the massive vacuum left by the departed Girl riders, Bertino switch back lips the first rail and Jeremy Wray drops one of the best video parts of all time. Soundtrack Highlights: Cream, Aerosmith, and Vince Guaraldi. Format: VHS
Pat Channita, switch frontside heelflip.
Pat Duffy, backside kickflip.
Ronnie Bertino, switch backside lipslide.
Rodney Mullen, frontside shove-it nosegrind nollie kickflip out.
Colin McKay, McTwist.
Jeremy Wray, frontside kickflip.
Danny Way, backside kickflip (no grab).
4. The Revolution (1997)
Plan B's fourth video marks Way's full return. Brian Emmers flexes the skills, Pat Channita can switch heel a house, Rick McCrank is the all-star rookie, Rodney takes freestyle to ledges, Duffy 50s the kinked Fairfax Hubba, McKay and Way double as heavy metal BMX bandits, and Jeremy Wray grinds up the first rail and fakie hardflips a table. Soundtrack Highlights: Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors. Format: VHS
Rodney Mullen, heelflip frontside crooked grind.
Brian Emmers, half-Cab nosegrind back 180 out.
Pat Channita, switch heelflip.
Rick McCrank, switch frontside 50-50, switch boardslide.
Pat Duffy, frontside 50-50.
Jeremy Wray, 50-50.
Danny Way, kickflip into vert.
Colin McKay, tailgrab 720.
5. Live After Death (2006)
After announcing the death of the brand in '98 via a 411VM Industry montage, in '05 Danny and Colin made the decision to "awaken the giant." By '06 they released their first new video promo featuring Wenning, PJ Ladd, Gallant, P-Rod, Duffy, and of course Way and McKay. Soundtrack Highlights: Robbie Williams, Jay-Z, and Iron Maiden. Format: DVD
Brian Wenning, switch frontside shove-it.
Pat Duffy, frontside 50-50.
Paul Rodriguez, switch 360 flip.
Danny Way, heelflip.
Colin McKay, backside tailslide kickflip out.
6. Superfuture (2008)
By '08, Sheckler, J-Rog, and Decenzo are also added to the roster (Darrell Stanton comes and goes) and the company releases their first promo advertising the upcoming full-length (Coming 2010). Way tre flips Bob's Mega Gap with no grab, Jereme switch backside flips the MACBA big four, and Ryan ends it with a Leap-of-Faith-sized kickflip fence drop. Soundtrack Highlights: Pink Floyd and Guns N' Roses. Format: DVD
Scott Decenzo, nollie backside 180 fakie nosegrind.
Danny way, 360 flip.
Brian Wenning, fakie five-0 bigspin.
Jereme Rogers, switch backside flip.
PJ Ladd, switch big flip.
Ryan Gallant, kickflip frontside noseslide.
Pat Duffy, bigspin backside noseblunt.
Colin McKay, nollie hardflip.
Paul Rodriguez, frontside 180 switch crooked grind fakie flip out.
Ryan Sheckler, kickflip.
7. Paul Rodriguez: Me, Myself & I (2010)
As the era of the iTunes single-part dawns (surely partially responsible for the delay of the full-length), P-Rod takes full advantage and Plan B drops his quintessential shock-and-awe fest. Switch back noseblunt on the Beverly Hills High rail, nollie front foot flips to crooks, and possibly the best nollie hardflip ever add up to one of his better parts to date—even if Paul departs in July '13. Soundtrack Highlights: Kanye West. Format: iTunes
Paul Rodriguez, switch back nosebluntslide. (*click to enlarge)
8. vAMdalism (2010)
If anyone could fill the fissure left by Paul's later departure, look no further than Felipe Gustavo. The same year as MM&I, Plan B also releases a promo showcasing their two-man am wrecking squad. Along with Scott Decenzo, Felipe is on a mission and takes no prisoners—hammering hardflip back tails and switch flip backtails on rails like nothing. Only months after Paul's departure in '13, Felipe gets the pro nod. Soundtrack Highlights: Bad Religion and Del The Funky Homosapien. Format: DVD
Scott Decenzo, nollie noseslide.
Felipe Gustavo, hardflip backside tailslide.
9. Torey Pudwill's Big Bang (2011)
After turning pro for almost in '08, Torey officially joins the Plan B bomb squad in March of '10. A year later he drops Big Bang—his own turn at manning the single part/iTunes cannon and T-Puds turns out straight carnage: hardflipping a picnic table on flat, back tailing head-high ledges, and kickflip back Smithing to kickflip out the Sants tables. Meanwhile, the team video is now pushed back to 2013. Soundtrack Highlights: The Heavy and Storytellers. Format: iTunes
Torey Pudwill, backside tailslide.
10. True (2014)
Finally, six years since the initial announcement—and 17 years since the company's last official full-length team video (The Revolution)—Plan B's True will have premiered in Los Angeles by the time you read this. With the not-so-slight additions of Trevor McClung and Chris Joslin to the already stacked all-star team, and given the 22-year legacy of progressive excellence, it doesn't take a crystal ball to know that somewhere Mike Ternasky is looking down with a smile. Soundtrack Highlights: Constant cheering. Format: DVD/Blu-ray
Chris Joslin, backside bigspin.
Felipe Gustavo, 360 flip crooked grind.
Pat Duffy, boardslide to five-0 fakie.
Scott Decenzo, nollie noseblunt-slide.
Trevor McClung, crooked grind.
Ryan Sheckler, backside 360.
Torey Pudwill, nollie backside flip.