Torey Pudwill versus the uprail
Torey Pudwill may be the hardest-working man in skateboarding. In the time it took to film his new Plan B "True" video, he also managed to blow minds with two other video parts (his 2011 "Big Bang" part and his "Supernova" part released this past summer, both for Thrasher's site), competed in every Street League contest and X Games, fulfilled his travel obligations for Red Bull and DVS, and grew his Grizzly Griptape brand into a full clothing line. One would think that with so many obligations on his plate, some part would have to suffer. If that's the case, it definitely isn't his Plan B part, which is arguably the best part in the video.
Director Erik Bragg said there is no one with a work ethic like Pudwill, who would set up and pay for filming missions around North America for single tricks. We caught up with Pudwill to discuss the Plan B video (released this week on iTunes and in skateshops) to get his take on his part, on Chris Joslin and to hear the war tales of his hardest filming battles.
XGames.com: The Plan B video is finally done and has been released. How does it feel to have that monkey off your back?
Pudwill: It's a blessing. It was a great time working on the project and it was my vision to film this video part and I'm stoked that everyone can see all the hard work that the whole team put in to make the video happen. I just hope that everyone is stoked to see it. Everyone should be stoked because it's not like they had to do anything.
Who are you the most stoked on in the video?
I'm definitely super-pumped for Chris Joslin. Chris Joslin's part is super-amazing. It's like his first big step in skating and he's going to blow up huge after this video part. A lot of people are going to be motivated by him and a lot of people might be looking up to him. I hope it shocks a lot of people, him being introduced to the team in the video. He's been a secret for so long and now bam, in your face! Chris Joslin: best part in the video, best part of the year, best part of skateboarding.
What's his deal? He kind of came out of nowhere.
He's just a younger cat that was always skating around the Long Beach area. He hasn't been exposed to too much in the skateboard world. A lot of people were sleeping on him and with the timing of us working on the video and meeting him and taking him on missions, we just knew that dude was the next dude on Plan B. Not too many people get introduced to a team in a video, but he's been filming with us hard for the past year. I mean he hasn't even been getting hooked up from Plan B longer than 2014. It moved really quick for him to get on the team. That doesn't happen too often with Plan B, but he's definitely the future of Plan B and definitely a new breed of skateboarder.
What is it about him? What caught your eye and the team's eye to put him on so quickly?
For us personally, he's a cool dude to hang out with. He's real mature for 18 and the way he skates is incredible to watch. His power and consistency and how he can go for anything and get close to it on his first try, it's just awesome. Me and him clicked on a personal level because I think we're real similar. When I look at him, I see myself, and the way I was when I was 18. He inspires me and motivates me to skate harder. He's a purebred core skateboarder and right now is his chance. I don't think he asked for it or expected it -- he was just skating and now is his time to shine.
It seems like this video has been talked about forever. Why did it take so long to really get steamrolling?
It takes a lot to film a full video -- a lot of time, a lot of traveling, a lot of tricks. We expected to film it quicker than we thought. It's tough when half the team is competing in contests and all the dudes have schedules. When the Plan B SuperFuture promo came out before Felipe [Gustavo] and I were on the team, that was a full-length video right there. To come out with a video so soon after takes time. And we wanted it to be right. We wanted to put out something dope. This is a Plan B video. It's not just any other video. Twenty years ago, when Plan B was putting out videos, it got people hyped on core skate videos and a lot of people were motivated on making videos after those videos came out back then. Those Plan B videos back in the day were just so amazing and gnarly and I think this Plan B video now is just as good.
How hard was it to film this part while also dropping those two Thrasher parts?
It's definitely been an ongoing thing from my past projects into this project. Just trying to stay hyped and motivated is the key. I've definitely been pushing to progress and one up myself for this video. You gotta want it. You gotta want to put in the work. It's been hard for me because I put all the pressure on myself because I wanted to do everything that I had in my head and with the video deadlines being pushed back, I just looked at it as more opportunity for me to get done what I had to get done. I wasn't going to stop until I finished. I just wanted to work really hard for this because I knew I would never have this opportunity again to be a part of this video at this time with this squad. And so I wanted to make it the best video part I could. And I think I did it. I'm stoked. It was three years of straight filming, no injuries, no breaks, not even for contests. I actually canceled trips to film for this video.
What was the hardest battle for you in your part?
I definitely got that one trick that was stressing me out so hard and I was dreading having to go back and do it but I knew it had to be done. It was the back smith up the 7-stair rail. I tried it when I was on a DVS trip in Ottawa and I got hurt after battling it for a few hours. After that, I couldn't live my life without landing that trick. I got back home and all I kept thinking about was going back to do it. I booked my own ticket for me and Erik Bragg to fly out there two weeks later. We took a redeye flight all the way to the east coast of Canada, got there in the morning and went straight to the spot. I battled it for an hour and a half and then the cops pulled up and told us we can't skate and kicked us out. I'm losing it at this point, really freaking out that I'm not going to get this trick. Luckily I booked a two-day trip, so the very next day we go over there in the morning and we ended up nailing it within 30 minutes. The best feeling ever was riding away from that trick. Every single try was dreadful. It was a nightmare to push and try and jump on a rail that goes up. It just felt so awkward and uncomfortable -- I didn't even want to try it anymore because I knew the possibilities of getting hurt. Every try becomes anxiety at that point and every time you get close but don't ride away is a letdown. But when I was rolling away, I couldn't believe it. I was so happy. I ended up spending $3,000 on that trip to get that one trick. I call that a cutthroat mission and I probably booked three or four of those missions for the video -- fly in, fly out the same day after I get the trick.
I ended up spending $3,000 on that trip to get that one trick.
What was it about that particular rail in Ottawa?
Put it this way: There's not very many 7-stairs that you can skate up. This rail is perfect to go up but it's also not some little rail. This is a real rail, it's legit. For something like that, you gotta travel to the other side of the country to hit. It's rare. I had been to that spot before in my younger days, like eight years ago. To go back there again was just a great moment. I knew when I saw it I wanted to back smith up it, and as soon as you start trying something, you can't stop. Man, I couldn't sleep until I was back in Canada trying that trick again and I honestly don't know what I would've done to myself if I didn't land that trick. It's the worst feeling when you're walking away from a setup and you didn't land a trick. The only way to resolve the situation is to go back and just land it.
Well, I'm glad you got it.
I got it!