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P.J. Ladd & Mike Taylor!

The Arto

Arto Saari's first pro model skate shoe.


2002 Year in Review:

2002 éS Team2002 éS Team.

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.

P.J. Ladd joins éSP.J. Ladd joins éS.

P.J. Ladd Nollie Flip Hamburg GermanyP.J. Ladd hoists a nollie flip in Hamburg, Germany.

Mike Taylor on tour in GermanyMike Taylor on tour in Germany.

Mike Taylor 50-50A young Mikey Taylor 50-50s on the Mega Rail.

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.

P.J. Ladd's Wonderful, Horrible Life video part.

Arto Saari.Arto Saari.

Arto Saari and Ali BoulalaBigger please!

Arto Saari switch front board Hollywood High 16Arto Saari switch front boards the Hollywood High 16.

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.

A good year for Bob BurnquistA good year for Bob Burnquist.

Bob Burnquist a rather large mob flipBob Burnquist follows up the Breakfast of Champions with a little kickflip over an airplane.

Bob Burnquist at home in his backyard massive switch tailgrabBob Burnquist makes a massive switch tailgrab feel right at home in his backyard.

Eric KostonEric Koston.

Eric Koston front bluntEric Koston front blunts a seriously graffitied hubba.

Rick McCrankRick McCrank.

Rick McCrank Rick McCrank gap to crooksBigger please!

Rick McCrank frontside hurricaneRick McCrank frontside hurricane.

Rodrigo TeixeiraRodrigo Teixeira.

The ever elusive Tom Penny is found ripping all over the globe.

Tom PennyTom Penny.

Tom Penny nollie 180 flipTom Penny nollie 180 flip.

Tom Penny kick flip noesslideBigger please!

éS Team Tours Germany

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.

Arto Saari Germany 2002Arto Saari, Germany.

Arto Saari Germany 2002

Eric Koston and Arto Saari.Eric Koston and Arto Saari.

Eric Koston fron-ttail gap out GermanyEric Koston, front tail gap out.

Eric Koston and Tom Penny Germany 2002Eric Koston and Tom Penny, Germany.

Tom Penny and Eric Koston Germany 2002

A slumbering Tom Penny Germany 2002Tom Penny slumbers in Germany.

Tom Penny demo backside nollie 180Tom Penny, backside nollie 180 in Germany.

Rick McCrank Germany 2002Rick McCrank nods out to recharge his batteries in Germany.

Rick McCrank backlipRick McCrank backlip hubba to gap.

Paul Rodriguez Germany 2002Paul Rodriguez enjoys some tunes in Germany.

P-Rod switch flips a huge setP-Rod switch flips a huge set.

Paul Rodriguez demo frontside flipP-Rod frontside flips a huge ash can.

Paul Rodriguez frontside flipP-Rod frontside flip.

Rodrigo Teixeira, Germany 2002Rodrigo Teixeira, Germany.

Rodrigo Teixeira demo switch flipRodrigo Tx. switch flips the Big Barrel.

éS team portraits from Germany.Bigger please!

éS Tour bus Germany 2002éS Germany Tour bus.

2002 Product
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.
2002 Ad archive
New shoes: 2002

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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