Played a fair bit of Story Mode this evening, and worked my way past the first two levels. It seems a lot easier than Classic Mode so far.
Also tried to bump up my rankings a bit, but in the end only managed to lengthen my Lip Trick time (to 31 seconds). Did boost my stats a bit though too, but Air and Ollie are woefully low. I can’t do the “8 grab tricks in one combo” type requirements, as I still fail the land-revert-manual thingie most of the time. I’m getting better, but I’m still not quite there.