TWS 10: Infamous Australians


Jake Duncombe. Crooked grind. photo: TRINH

As the beer ads presuppose, the land down under has always done it loud, proud, and balls to the wall. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for the 10 (actually 11) most infamous skateboarders from Oz. From our September issue, on sale now.

Words by Mackenzie Eisenhour

For the original demon spawn, infamy may well be an understatement. Having outlasted pretty much every other Pissdrunk at the bar, and without once slowing down on the skate front, Dustin’s rampage has been of biblical proportions since tearing into the scene back in ’97.

There’s nothin’ rawer than Dustin Dollin raw footy.

Ask anyone in mainstream America what they know about skateboarding, and Jake’s ’07 X Games slam is probably a top contender, right after Tony Hawk and the ollie. As blown out as the coverage might have gotten, walking away from a 45-foot free fall is still hard as nails.

How the hell do you walk away from this?

Like Dollin, Duncombe’s uncanny ability to stoke the party while steadily crushing on a skateboard borders on supernatural. Just when you think he might finally be a couple of bourbon and cokes over the line, he’ll come out to Downtown Showdown and promptly back noseblunt the Hubba.

Duncombe’s probably the only guy alive who could pull off skating to this song and make it seem normal.