Plan B skateboard decks have been around since the early 1990’s. The brand is based in San Clemente, California, and was founded by Mike Ternasky and Tony Magnusson. His fellow skaters and co-founders Danny Way and Colin McKay continued the business after his passing and until today after the brand’s resurrection in 2005. Plan B skate decks are popular among skaters for durability and graphic designs that captivate attention and imagination. With a great team of professional riders, the brand is also known for their videos that captured the attention of both pro and amateur skaters.
During the era when skateboard brands were run by non-skating businessmen, Mike Ternasky thought it was time to turn things around and finally have a company whose runners are skateboarders. The birth of Plan B in 1991 also opened an opportunity for riders to enjoy more freedom and support from fellow riders within the company. With this promise of more freedom, many prominent skaters left the brands they belong to join Plan B.
The Impacts of Plan B
One of the greatest influences of the brand is having a “dream team” of professional skaters which contributed to its popularity. Majority of the pro riders are into street style skating, so this also helped increase the popularity of this riding style.
The skateboarding film “Questionable” caught the attention of the skating community, mainly because of the pro riders in it. Another fascinating feature in the film is Rodney Mullen’s newly invented skating tricks: the ‘kickflip underflip’ and the ‘casper slide’.
Death of Ternasky and Plan B’s Decline
Mike Ternasky passed away in 1994 due to a car accident, which affected both the team and the company. As a result, the company’s ownership was transferred to Brian Johnson, Danny Way and Colin McKay.
The brand was able to produce a fourth film, “The Revolution”, in 1997. Eventually, the company closed down and the team disbanded. McKay mentioned in an interview that during those years it was difficult to manage the company while skating simultaneously.
With financial assistance from Syndrome Distribution, Way and McKay relaunched Plan B in 2005. There may be numerous brands that are new and far more influential than them, but the company’s popularity is still intact and resonates within the skating industry.
Plan B’s current roster of team riders include Chris Joslin, Felipe Gustavo, Aurelien Giraud, Tommy Flynn, Ryan Sheckler, Pat Duffy, Trevor McClung, PJ Ladd, Danny Way, Sean Sheffey and Colin McKay.
This company has a long history in the skateboarding industry despite the almost decade-long hiatus. The skaters behind it are well-respected by fellow riders from the past era to the present, and the legacy and mission of its founder still lives on.
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