2002: P.J. and Mikey!

Posted October 28, 2005 by éS

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P.J. Ladd and Mike Taylor join the éS team. A close friend of P-Rod and new acquaintance of Eric Koston, Taylor quickly becomes noted for the multiple combinations of tricks he’s capable of in both regular and switch stances. P.J. literally comes out of nowhere to absolutely amaze the skateboarding public. Not since Tom Penny has anyone so relatively anonymous come into the scene and single-handedly changed it forever.

Bob Burnquist becomes the first-ever skater to air across an upside-down gap in a loop, winning the King Of Skate contest (shown on pay-per-view TV) and $25,000 in the process. Bob also casually nabs 1st place in the vert event at the Oceanside Triple Crown.

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The entire éS team comes together for the first time in several years for a very successful three-city Germany Tour of demos. Later in the year, éS produces a special giveaway DVD featuring footage from this tour.

P.J. Ladd's Wonderful, Horrible Life video and DVD, produced by Coliseum skate shop, catches the stair / handrail world off guard with its mind-blowing technical flatground and ledge skating.

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The éS Spring line adds Bob Burnquist's second pro model skate shoe, the Burnquist 2, and Arto Saari's first-ever, the Arto, along with the Convex, the Omega and the Oarb. The Fall line adds Rick McCrank's second pro model skate shoe, the McCrank 2, and Eric Koston's fourth, the K4.

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Photos, top to bottom: P.J. Ladd, Tom Penny, Tom Penny, éS Team, P-Rod and Rick McCrank.

2002 Headlines

  • U.S. President George W. Bush faints after choking on a pretzel.
  • Kmart becomes the largest retailer in American history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • The 2002 Winter Olympics occur in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Andrea Yates is found guilty of drowning her five children and is later sentenced to life in prison.
  • The funeral of Queen Elizabeth takes place in Westminster Abbey, London.
  • The first official version of Mozilla is released.
  • Terrorists detonate massive bombs in two nightclubs in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and injuring over 300.
  • The Beltway Snipers go on an East Coast shooting rampage.
  • U.S. President George Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security in the largest U.S. government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947.
  • Laci Peterson of Modesto, California is reported missing.


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There's 33 responses to "2002: P.J. and Mikey!"

  1. Furst !
    I don't remeber the URB but it seems to be a great shoe !
    same sole as the tribo.
    K4 are good but it so damned that there is a technical problem with the sole, otherwise most K4 would have been sale...

    ToNyXeS Posted: 9 years ago
  2. Yeah, the K4 was a moon boot, but Koston did moon boots right!

    garry Posted: 9 years ago
  3. i rember when everyone was on the team back then it was the good old days besides bob , i never really enjoyed watching him skate vert for some resson. Other than that the team was the best out there

    Sprizzle Posted: 9 years ago
  4. the McCrank 2 looks great I wish I could get my hands on a pair of those!

    Justin. P Posted: 9 years ago
  5. and why would Mike Taylor go and leave es??

    Justin. P Posted: 9 years ago
  6. some things just cha,ge i guess

    boyan Posted: 9 years ago
  7. I hope Eric makes the K-9's look mean, like a "K-9 fucking tear your ass a new one mad dog," haha. Kidding, kidding.

    Gooch Posted: 9 years ago
  8. the k4 looked the best. the k9 should have lace protection and g2 full impact. and it should look good.

    Charlie Posted: 9 years ago
  9. i know this has nothing to do with this conversation but yo, the new planb website is up! www.planbskateboarding.com

    i-heart-es Posted: 9 years ago
  10. they should definatley re-release the arto. best shoe ever!!!

    J-Dubs Posted: 9 years ago
  11. they should put G2 and all that other shit into the artos and sell them again

    bigflip_eS Posted: 9 years ago
  12. Those Burnquist 2's look nice...they have um at ccs in the clearance section...the k4's were so ugly but I heard they skate really good I saw um on some girl at my school. The arto 2's were nice too. Too bad they didn't make um they looked like the rowley shams in a weird way. The team was so big like 12 people and like more than half left in the next 2 years..poor eS

    dope_nose Posted: 9 years ago
  13. i still remember when i first watched the pj video that year. it was crazy beacuse everyone was all into the stairs and rails that when they saw the pj video they didnt know that type of skating existed. it definitely changed the world of skating at that time atleast. i wonder if pj will go back to tech skating in the yes video because i wasnt really feeling his stair skating in the flip video , it was still a good part though but i was definitely more into his skating in the coliseum video.

    sweet Posted: 9 years ago
  14. I heard alot of people talking about a defective batch of shoes from éS, namely Accel, Accel Plus and Accelerate, were the sole apparently disintegrates in like a week's time....what's that about? I just bought 2 pairs of Accel Plus's..if that happens, is there anything I should do?

    Justin. P Posted: 9 years ago
  15. That was the year that the es team got the big skaters on the team, look at pj and paul right now, big big skaters

    Ramiz Reza Posted: 9 years ago
  16. so the pj's come out in spring when do the tx2 come out?

    accels fo life Posted: 9 years ago
  17. feburary i heard. I hope they look as nice or nicer than the tx1, cause that'll be crazy dope

    dope_nose Posted: 9 years ago
  18. erickostin is the best skater in the world.............

    richgurule Posted: 9 years ago
  19. You wish richgurule, it's PJ.

    Potato_Klesk Posted: 9 years ago
  20. the McCrank 2 are awesome

    Skater eS Magnet 21 Posted: 9 years ago
  21. yeah justin p the same thing happened to my accels. i got the tan ones and in about 2 or 3 weeks the whole botton sole just opened on my left shoe.i had to shoe almost the whole bottom of the shoe. is this a defective because it hasnt happened to any of my previous accels. Can anyone at es tell us whats going on.

    sweet Posted: 9 years ago
  22. dont worry about the k9's, kostons leavin eS

    kevmo Posted: 9 years ago
  23. The sole from my accelerates came off twice (and also twice from my friends pair). I think for a few select colorways, like the dark blue accelerates with light blue sole, the sole is made from a less quality material than average. I hasn't happened recently though...

    Boston_Loc_Hater_Lew Posted: 9 years ago
  24. yea man kostons going to lakai.

    pitcrew15 Posted: 9 years ago
  25. Koston should at least come out with K10's. After Koston leaves I bet PJ or Eldridge will become the "Team leader". I wonder if Koston's first shoe on Lakai will be the K9 or K1???

    dope_nose Posted: 9 years ago
  26. They're isn't really a leader on es now. And if there will be it will be Penny.

    accels fo life Posted: 9 years ago
  27. when will the photo and extra section be up?

    accels fo life Posted: 9 years ago
  28. when will the photo and extra section be up?


    garry Posted: 9 years ago
  29. i'm remembering this fabulous éS trip in south africa in 1999 (seeing in 411).
    We saw muska wearing his own pro model (black/red & brown/yellow), Glifberg run vert with first éS Koston 1 black/orange, and burnquist with only a pants !

    ToNyXeS Posted: 9 years ago
  30. is koston seriously going to lakai?

    bcoop Posted: 9 years ago
  31. and that es south africa trip was dope, but what was rowley doing on it?

    bcoop Posted: 9 years ago
  32. Dudes quit lying about Koston going to Lakai, eS would of stop putting him in the news and would tell you he's leaving eS. Why do you guys follow through with the stupidest rumors, like the idiots sayin Penny's goin on to Krew shoes. Pure ignorance.

    David B Posted: 9 years ago
  33. he's wearing Lakai manchesters on the main page on fourstarclothing.com you can't lie about that...koston's shoe's were getting sucky anyways after the k6 it was lik the last original design...k7=air jordan 3 k8=vans rowley slims. Koston's probably gonna retire anyways in like 3 years.

    dope_nose Posted: 9 years ago

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