Duane Peters. He placed 3rd at the 10th Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest this past weekend. Not only did he lose a wheel on his first run, but he kept riding, grabbed “trick of the day,” and a couple of tacos for the effort. The “Master Of Disaster” rode against legends of skateboarding such as Steve Alba, Steve Caballero, and Christian Hosoi. It was obvious Christian or Cab would win after the first round, so Peters was left to ride for himself and for the crowd during the finals. A position in which he thrives.
DP was one of skateboarding’s first to come out of the 70s era and embrace punk rock. Anyone in the 80s could dress punk, but Peters transcended the outward appearance and pushed it into his riding style. He skated punk! He founded bands The Huns, the U.S. Bombs and invented numerous tricks. The Master has also battled with addiction, but he keeps on playing music and he still skates. There are only a few original seeds in skateboarding. Which makes me wonder when there is no one else who came before you, then how does the seed begin? Where does the creativity and inspiration come from? What is telling you when you lose a wheel to keep riding?
I see inspiration from the riding style of pro skaters to the little groms who are starting out. Skateboarding is about progression and pushing yourself a little farther each time you ride. It requires dedication. Commitment. Passion. It’s a lifestyle. Kind of like photography.