Game of Skate -- PJ Ladd
There's an old skateboarding clich that's often used to describe quiet-type skaters: He lets his skateboarding speak for him. And there's never been a skater more appropriate to apply this phrase to than PJ Ladd, the enigmatic Plan B pro and Boston native.
"There's no real competition," Ladd said of the upcoming contest. "I think everybody does what they do and it's more of a fun thing for me. But a lot of dudes' flatground games are on-point. I don't know who will take it."
"It's always great to go back to New England and get reconnected. I didn't even know the event was on the ESPN campus -- it'll definitely be interesting as a skateboarder to go there," Ladd said of heading back to the Northeast this week.
When asked about the looming release of the highly anticipated Plan B video premiere, Ladd said, "I don't feel as good as I could feel about it. I've definitely gone through dry spells and then had some good periods of filming, but I definitely could feel a little better about it. But it's going OK."
Ladd lays into a nosegrind at an oft-sessioned Southern California schoolyard. "I like playing S.K.A.T.E. I like that kids and pros and everyone play the same game," Ladd said.
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How is Ladd's headspace coming into Friday's competition? Even-keeled. "The game doesn't make me nervous, it's more of a fun thing to see happen. I don't get nervous about these things -- it's just a Game of Skate."
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Ladd has always been elusive and low-key when it comes to interviews and speaking publicly, but he's come out of his shell and opened up in recent years. Look for Ladd in the Game of Skate for the "World Of X Games" show on ABC -- held Friday at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, and live on ESPN3.com.