PJ Ladd

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PJ Ladd
Pj ladd.jpg
PJ Ladd in June 2007 in Saffron Walden, England for the Plan B demo
Born January 11, 1983 (30)
Rockland, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Occupation Skateboarder

Patrick John Ladd,[1] professionally referred to as PJ Ladd, (born January 11, 1983) is an American professional skateboarder whose stance is regular. Ladd was labelled an "east coast legend" by fellow professional skateboarder and team manager John Rattray in May 2013.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ladd was born in Rockland, Massachusetts, United States (U.S.)[3] and grew up in the capital city of Boston. Ladd revealed in a 2013 interview that skateboarding was a prominent aspect of his childhood in Boston: "I would skate my box and flatbar in the warehouse next to my father's auto parts store and then take the train into downtown to skate. Before that I skated this concrete stage in the high school parking lot. And before that, just in front of my house. It was good." Also in the 2013 interview, Ladd explained that his upbringing strengthened his character and stated that he is "grateful" for his upbringing, even though it was difficult, "because it made me [Ladd] who I am."[4]

Although Ladd was well known in the local Boston skateboarding scene before he headlined the Coliseum Skateshop's video PJ Ladd's Wonderful Horrible Life, it was his part in the 2002 shop video that catapulted him to the attention of the skateboard industry.[5]

Professional skateboarding[edit]

Before he joined the Flip Skateboards brand, where he became a professional rider, Ladd was an amateur for Element Skateboards through the assistance of professional skateboarder Donny Barley.[4] In Flip's second film of the Sorry trilogy Really Sorry, Ladd's video part does not feature an accompanying soundtrack and a title card that reads "Silence is Golden" prefaces the part.[6]

Alongside professional skateboarders such as Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Gallant, and Pat Duffy, Ladd joined the reformed Plan B Skateboards company. Ladd can be seen in the Plan B promotional video Superfuture.[7]

In addition to professional skateboarders Arto Saari, Levi Brown, and Tom Karangelov, Ladd is a team member of the inaugural "NB#" ("New Balance Numeric") skateboard team that is owned by the New Balance shoe company. With American origins in the capital city of Boston, Massachusetts, New Balance was considered an appropriate fit for Ladd, as he is a native of the state.[2] Ladd stated following the announcement of the brand's team: "I believe in New Balance being a no bullshit shoe brand from Boston that successful and makes great shoes. I think it has a lot to add."[4]

Ladd was a competitor in the 2013 Munich, Germany X Games "Real Street" event, in which the competitors' tailored video parts are voted on by the public. Ladd's opponent in the opening round was Austyn Gillette and his video part consists of tricks performed on benches, ledges, and picnic tables.[8]

Sponsors[edit]

Video game appearances[edit]

Ladd appears in the Electronic Arts video games SKATE, Skate 2.[16] and Skate 3.

Contest history[edit]

Ladd won the Battle at the Berrics V competition after defeating Mike Mo Capaldi in the championship round.[17] For the sixth BATB contest, Ladd qualified for the championship battle against Paul Rodriguez and won the competition for a second successive year.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

As of May 2013, Ladd divides his time between his home state of Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California, U.S.[3] During his time away from skateboarding, Ladd reads and engages in "recharge time."[4]

Videography[edit]

  • The Coliseum Video (1999)[20]
  • 411VM Issue #37 (1999)[21]
  • Digital Skateboarding #2 (2000)[22]
  • Zoo York: E.S.T. (2000)[23]
  • Logic #4 (2000)[24]
  • 411VM Issue #40 (2000)[25]
  • 411VM Issue #44 (2001)[26]
  • 411VM Issue #45 (2001)[27]
  • 411VM Best of #8 (2001)
  • Big Brother: Crap (2001)[28]
  • ON Video Magazine: Spring (2001)
  • Monkey Business: Project of a Lifetime (2001)
  • Coliseum: PJ Ladd's Wonderful Horrible Life (2002)
  • éS: Germany Tour (2002)
  • Thrasher: King Of The Road 2003 (2003)
  • Flip: Really Sorry (2003)
  • éS: Europe Tour (2003)
  • Thrasher: King of the Road 2003 (2003)
  • Coliseum: Boston Massacre (2004)
  • Red Bull: Seek & Destroy I (2004)
  • Digital Skateboarding #12 Divercity (2005)
  • Fourstar: Super Champion Funzone (2005)
  • Fourstar: Catalog Shoot (2005)
  • Elwood: First & Hope (2006)
  • Plan B: Live After Death (2006)
  • Sex, Hood, Skate, and Videotape (2006)[29][30]
  • éS: eSpecial (2007)
  • DC: Live From Europe (2008)
  • Plan B: Superfuture (2008)
  • The Berrics: Battle Commander (2008)
  • Plan B: Plan B In Moscow, Russia (2009)
  • Plan B: Plan B In Arizona (2009)[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PRE-GAME INTERVIEW PJ Ladd vs. MikeMo Capaldi" (Video upload). The Berrics. The Berrics. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The New Balance Skate Team". Thrasher Magazine. High Speed Productions. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Team: PJ Ladd". Plan B. Plan B. May 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Stephen Cox (30 May 2013). "Interrogation". The Berrics. The Berrics. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Oliver Barton (24 May 2012). "OLIVER BARTON’S TOP 5 YOUTUBES OF THE WEEK: YOUNG BUCKS COMING UP" (Video upload). Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ rollingforever999999 (21 November 2008). "PJ Ladd in Really Sorry" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  7. ^ pjladd (1 November 2008). "PJ Ladd Plan B Superfuture Promo" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "PJ LADD VS AUSTYN GILLETTE" (Video upload). ESPN X Games. ESPN Internet Ventures. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Blair Alley (17 May 2011). "PJ LADD & PLAN B PRO.SPEC WHEELS". TransWorld SKATEboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Diamond Supply Co x The Berrics | PJ Ladd Tee". Radcollector.com. Titel Media. 20. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Spring '13 Drop". Venture. Deluxe Distribution. March 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Team – PJ Ladd". Jessup Griptape. Jessup Griptape. 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Team". Bones Bearings. Skate One. May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  14. ^ PJ Ladd (February 2013). "Put em to the test. A+". pjladd on Webstagram. A-FIS PTE.LTD. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Team – PJ Ladd". Brick Harbor. Brick Harbor. May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Transworld Skateboarding, New SKATE Game for PS3 and Xbox360, 19. September 2006
  17. ^ Wbeat1992 (21 July 2012). "BATB 5 Mike Mo vs. PJ ladd" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "PJ LADD vs MIKEMO CAPALDI". The Berrics. The Berrics. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE" (Video upload). The Berrics. The Berrics. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  20. ^ pjladd (30 January 2008). "PJ Ladd Coliseum Video 1999" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  21. ^ pjladd (30 January 2008). "PJ Ladd 411 VM Issue #37" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  22. ^ Santi Sanz (4 April 2013). "PJ Ladd Digital 2" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  23. ^ pjladd (30 January 2008). "PJ Ladd Zoo York E.S.T." (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  24. ^ pjladd (30 January 2008). "PJ Ladd Logic #4" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  25. ^ Santi Sanz (4 April 2013). "PJ Ladd 411VM Issue 40" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  26. ^ Santi Sanz (4 April 2013). "PJ Ladd 411VM Issue 44 (Chaos)" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  27. ^ Santi Sanz (6 April 2013). "PJ Ladd 411VM 45" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  28. ^ pjladd (30 January 2008). "PJ Ladd Big Brother Crap" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  29. ^ Ian Reid (26 March 2007). "Sex,Hood,Skate & Videotape REMIX !!" (Video upload). Myspace. Myspace LLC. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  30. ^ pjladd (3 February 2008). "PJ Ladd Ian Reid's Video" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "PJ Ladd skate videos". Skatevideosite.com. Skatevideosite.com. 2005–2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 

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