Dave Duncan – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name: Dave Duncan
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Age: 53
Sponsors: Independent, Bones, Volcom, Vans, Diamond, Layback Beer.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Dagger board, Indy trucks, Bones wheels, Mob grip, Diamond hardware…

What’s the most fun DIY, skater-built or renegade spot that you’ve skated lately?
Burnside, Washington Street, FDR and Pedro!

Have you ever built something to skate?
Vans Combi-pool!

Who do you like to skate with lately?
Hackett, Olson, Hosoi, Lance, Cab, Red, Monk, Shaggy and Charlie Blair.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
Mark Carroll legend series.

Best thing you’ve ever skated in a skatepark and what skatepark was it?
Full pipe at Pipeline, Snakerun at Colton, Combi-pool, Cradle in Brixlegg, Austria, pool coping!

Favorite skateboarders of all time?
Alva, Adams, Shogo, Mountain, Blender, Hosoi, Hawk, Way, Cardiel, Burnquist, Trujillo.

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
I skated a moving centerpiece/Merry-Go-Round type wave in Perth in 1988. That was super fun!

What’s one of the best road trips you ever took?
1985 Dallas to Houston with Johnson and Phillips. ‘80s Nude bowl and many pool missions. In Australia, in 1988, we flew and drove a demo van around the whole country. It was the same for the Europe demo tour 1991. Crazy Brazil road trips. Get in the van and crank the tunes! Road trip!!!!!

Are there any skate-related charities that you support?
Grind for Life!

What music have you been listening to?
Jimi Hendrix, early Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, the Ramones, Clash, Buzzcocks, Black Flag and TSOL.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
Be yourself and have fun!

Which skate shops do you support?
17th Street Board Shop, Easy Rider.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Jay Adams Z-Flex Always Radical poster. Jay frontside snap blasting up the coping! TA frontside air out of the fire at Gonzalez pool. Salba frontside air doubles in the 15-foot bowl at Upland. Hosoi rocket air! Bob Burnquist 12 o’clock at Baldy. Danny Way Great Wall of China jump. These were all on my wall for years!

What is your take on girls skateboarding?
Skateboarding is not for sissies! If they can take the slams, they must be tough! Skateboarding = freedom! If it feels good, do it! Do what you feel!

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
A clay wheeled Black Knight like the one I used to ride. I have every ‘70s Skateboarder mag and every ‘80s Thrasher mag! I also have an original 1977 Jay Adams Z-Flex multicolored worth $5,000. I have owned it for 35 years. Also a similar two-layered concave board I shaped in woodshop in 1977.

Who contributes the most to your local skate scene?
Guys who built pools in their backyards. Six of them are 10 minutes from my house. Thanks! Also Vans has made two good skateparks and builds the park on the beach every year!

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Fast carve lines and speedy slides! Frontside grinds on pool coping! Air of any kind!

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Why? We already have the X Games, the action sports Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Olympics is an old tradition. Skateboarding is doing fine without any more suits or rollerskating people cashing in, and telling us how to reinvent our wheel. By skaters, for skaters!

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
My proudest moment is jumping on the board in 1969 for the steel wheels and clay wheels challenge! I followed my heart and I enjoy getting hooked on the mystery of what lies ahead in adventures with good friends! Traveling to find the most amazing skateboarders and skateboarding terrain in the world! Let the good times keep on rolling! Live fast! Die young at heart!


Dave-Duncan-Dave_Barker Double D hits the coping with A vengeance on the sacred ground of Venice Beach. DAGGERS!!! Photo by Dave Barker



When we started Juice Magazine 22 years ago, you could count the number of skateparks on one hand and grindable pool coping was mostly a distant memory. Now there are thousands of skateparks all over the world, along with a vast quantity of DIY spots built to skate. In 1993, the majority of skateboarders listened to punk rock or hip hop exclusively. Now skateboarders listen to almost every kind of sound created. Two decades ago, skateboarding related charities were non-existent. Today, there are numerous non-profits giving back to skateboarding in many ways. One of the most important differences between now and then is that, 22 years ago, there was a clear division between old school and new school skateboarding. Now that wall of separation has followed the same path as the Berlin Wall, allowing for an unprecedented unification of skateboarders all over the globe. Great strides have been made for girls that skate as well as the acceptance of skate history and long overdue recognition for skateboarding’s pioneers and its artifacts. At the same time, the current generation of skateboarders is taking skateboarding to new heights, previously unimaginable. As the landscape of the skateboarding industry changes on a daily basis, and the topic of skateboarding in the Olympics rears its head once again, along with the disturbing subject of who controls skateboarding being tossed about by corporate entities, we decided it was time to take a good look at the State of Skate. We asked 20 questions to 100 skateboarders, ages 8 to 58, and found that skateboarding is as diverse as the skateboarders that are addicted to it, no one controls skateboarding except skateboarders, and the State of Skate is savage and strong. Now get out there and skate tough!

JUICE MAGAZINE STATE OF SKATE features interviews with 100 skateboarders including: Tony Alva, Dave Hackett, Chris Strople, Duane Peters, Steve Olson, Dave Duncan, Steve Alba, Tony Magnusson, Pat Black, Jesse Martinez, Bill Danforth, Jim Murphy, Ric Widenor, Lester Kasai, Glen Charnoski, Bryan Pennington, Peter Furnee, Jeremiah Risk, Ryan Smith, Jason Jessee, Omar Hassan, Cam Dowse, Jen O’Brien, Depth Leviathan Dweller, Brett Roper, Travis Beattie, Chris Gentry, CW Dunn, Chris Albright, Charlie Wilkins, Cairo Foster, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, BJ Morrill, Dr. Lenore L.A. Sparks, Sid Melvin, Jesse Irish, Packy Fancher, Greg Lutzka, Jimmy Larsen, Adam Dyet, Luis Tolentino, Greg Harbour, Frank Faria, Ryan DeCenzo, Dave Bachinsky, Johnny Turgesen, Casey Meyer, Edward Sanchez, David Gravette, Ben Hatchell, Brian Geib, Felipe Gouveia, Eric Santos, Kyle Smith, Cameron Revier, Josh Stafford, Justin Grubbs, Etienne Eden Archila, Sanzio Piacentini, Josh Elder, Eddie “Mighty” Moreno, Kevin Kowalski, Otto Pflanz, Jeremy Smith, Adam Wiggins, Jimmy Wilkins, Danny Gordon, Jake Hilbish, Corey Blanchette, Adam Legassie, Nick Santos, Trey Rounds, Curren Caples, Justyce Tabor, Andy Anderson, Sarah Thompson, Coral Guerrero, Collin Graham, Derek Scott, Ace Pelka, Sonny Rodriguez, Jarren Duke, Mikayla Sheppard, CJ Titus, Noah Schott, Emily Earring, Julian Torres, Wyatt Wisenbaker, Josh Forsberg, Nathan Midgette, Roman Pabich, Yago Dominguez, Jack Winburn, Jonas Carlsson, Kiko Francisco, Bryce Ava Wettstein, Desmond Shepherd, Matty Jessee and Luke Kahler.


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