The 30 Most Influential Skaters Of All Time

13. DUFFY.

2011. Photo: SHIGEO

Matt Hensley on Pat Duffy:

I was skating in Escondido at some bank with other H-Street guys. Mike [Ternasky] said there was an am that was flying out to hang out with us. Duffy showed up and you could tell he could ride a skateboard. We saw this handrail that was the biggest thing I’d ever seen. You wouldn’t even contemplate doing it. You used it to hold on to, to climb a mountain. Me and [Steve] Ortega watch him 50-50 grind the thing—the whole thing. That was it.  I looked at Mike and he looked at me and said, “Yep.” It blew my mind. Ortega and I just sat in the car and smoked a cigarette. Already things have changed. Whoever this dude is has the biggest balls of all time, and he does. Pat’s always charged.