A few nights back, TransWorld SKATE held a retrospective 10 year anniversary pro party for Foundation Skateboards rider Corey Duffel. A 10 year footage tape provided many people at the event with a new insight for what it takes to hold down the professional status for more than ten years. A decade’s worth of professional skateboards, photos, and stories were chronicled throughout the night. With an injury that has kept the Duffman on crutches, he was kind enough to step outside to give us a few words on his well established skate career.
What do you think is the biggest change in skateboarding in the past 10 years?
I think the videos are a lot different, you know? I mean the quality of it all. Today I met up with a lot of the guys from THAT’S LIFE, which was about 10 years ago, and we were talking about that. It’s just different. Before you kind of just cruised around, it’s still the same it’s just that the overall quality and par of skateboarding is progressing, and keeps getting better and better. So I’m glad I made it 10 years ago, because I can’t keep up now. [laughs]
Has staying with the same board company for over a decade helped your career?
I think so, I believe in loyalty. I mean it’s me, I’m going to ride for a company I like. I don’t see myself riding for any other company, for over 10 years. So I’m just stoked. Foundation Skateboards has helped me out a lot over the years.
What would you be doing in those 10 years if you weren’t a professional skateboarder?
I’ve been wondering about that for a long time…[laughs] I probably would have gotten into a typical, boring 9-to-5 job, or knowing me, I would probably be working outside with construction, carpentry, or metal fabrication. I like to be outside. I like to use my hands, so something where I can express my creative side still.
Yeah, feeling that for sure- What about when you were a kid?
I would have liked to play baseball, but I put all my time into skateboarding instead.
Which led you to start, Deathsquad, what’s that all about?
Deathsquad was started with me and my friends—just a crew of guys that like skateboarding and motorcycles. Just bros that just want to go fast and have a good time.
Not a bad premise. So do you think it’s easier to start a brand/business today, rather than 10 years ago?
Yes it is, but at the same time it’s not. It is easier today, because of all the social media that makes it a lot easier to hype it up and get it out there a lot faster than you could before. But now it’s so oversaturated that it’s hard to offer something, that someone else hasn’t already. So that’s another hard thing about it.
Originality is key for sure. How do you think the Web is going to shape the future of skateboarding?
Well I’m not too sure, because I’m sick of watching all the internet videos. [laughs] I want to watch VHS again, you know? Just sit on my couch, relax and enjoy a video. Just not having to stare at a computer screen with a three-inch video, while looking at eBay at the same time.
Thank you for your time, it was a pleasure to speak with you. Hope to see you back on your board soon!
You can view more photo’s of this night, shot by the extraordinary Blair Alley
Catch the video wrap up, with the best trick contests of the night by lensman Cameron Holland