Duane Peters

Duane Peters – Juice Magazine State of Skate Interview

Name:  Duane Peters
Hometown:  Anaheim, California
Age: 54
Sponsors: Magic Skateboards, Gullwing trucks, Draven Shoes.

What set-up are you riding right now?
Custom Magic Deck Stinger, Gullwing Pro 3’s, experimental wheels.

What’s the most fun skater-built spot that you’ve skated lately?
Omar’s pool.

Have you ever built something to skate?

Who do you like to skate with the most these days?
My son, Clash.

Coolest skateboard graphic you have seen lately?
77 custom hand-painted decks that I just painted for Magic Skateboards.

Best thing you’ve skated in a skatepark?
The 3 quarter pipe in Apple, Ohio.

Favorite skateboarder of all time?

Is there anything that hasn’t been built to skate yet that you’d like to see built?
Yeah. 20-ft loop.

What’s the best road trip you ever took?
The best road trip was the one in Texas to the Amarillo pipes and Jeff Phillips’ ramp in 1980 with Tony Alva, Chris Cook, Peter Giffer and Fat Carlos driving in a Camaro.

What music have you been listening to?
A lot of Shane MacGowan and Jazz.

What do you consider the responsibilities of a professional skateboarder?
To back up your products and just keep skating.

Which skate shops do you support?
Lately, LB Skate run by Tim in Long Beach.

Favorite skate photo of all time?
Any picture with somebody getting 10 feet of air still blows me away.

What’s your take on girls skateboarding?
I’ve always been a huge supporter of all girls who skate.

What skateboarding memorabilia do you have that means the most to you?
The last board my son Chess rode that I pulled out of his car right after he passed away. I have Clash and Chess’ first boards they ever rode too.

Top three favorite skate tricks?
Invert to truck slams, lay back roll outs and invert reverts.

Do you think skateboarding should be in the Olympics?
Back when I started really skating, when I turned pro at 16, that was the biggest question I read in every interview. Most skaters wanted it, to get most popular. After so many years, X Games, video games, being the age that I am, I can’t believe that this question is still alive.

What is your proudest moment in skateboarding so far?
Getting inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, with my son, Clash. It blew my mind how much it meant to him.

Duane Peters
Duane Peters on his way to Starbucks after the next wall. Total commitment on every wall is why Duane is one of the greatest of all time as displayed in this frontside attack into the hip at Omar’s. Photo Ross Miller




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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