A California Bay Area native, Corey Duffel grew up in
Thrasher country – ground zero for the street skating
counterculture of the 1990s. He began skating at 10 years old. Only
three years later, he attracted his first sponsors and embarked on a
demo tour. Around the same time, he also appeared in his first skate
video, Dedication by Think Skateboards.
By 15 years of age, he was considered a prodigy in the scene. Even so,
life in the spotlight is difficult for a teenager. But with the
support of a few key players (the legendary Lance Mountain among them)
and lessons learned, Duffel weathered the storm and became one of the
sport’s most influential athletes.
While other skaters chased gold medals at annual events and jockeyed
for reality show appearances during the 2000s, Duffel stayed true to
his punk rock roots as a street skater. During the digital revolution
of skate videos, he became a mainstay, doing parts for
Thrasher, Foundation, Osiris, Transworld, and many
others. He was also a playable character in the
Tony Hawk: Shred video game.
While skateboarding has been good to Duffey, you won’t find him
kicking around an oversized mansion built to impress the Jones’.
Today, he resides in his hometown of Walnut Creek, CA, where he
continues to skate, amasses an incredible collection of music on
vinyl, and cares for his dog, Blixa.