Dave Duncan

Dave Duncan’s story is almost like telling the history of skateboarding. He was born in Long Beach, California in 1962. His first rides date back to 1969 when he was 7 years old, sidewalk surfing during the steel wheels era on his older brother’s board. During the early 70’s Dave and his friends rode their loose ball bearing, clay wheeled, Black Knight boards to school everyday. After breaking their boards from jumping off of the 3 stairs and picnic benches they eventually began shaping their own decks. In 1974 when Dave was 12 years old the invention of urethane wheels made skating more terrain possible like the asphalt banks in his schoolyard. He and his friends began searching for underground spots, such as drainage ditches, more schoolyards and hundreds of backyard pools.This new and adventurous fun was pushing his limits beyond his wildest dreams.

Eventually moving to San Diego, Dave was spending his days throughout the 70’s surfing and skateboarding with all of his friends. Charging hard at all of the new skateparks that were popping up, eventually competing at some of these parks. During the late 70’s he began to build skateboard ramps for himself and friends in driveways and backyards. At this time he began working full time and spent many years as a union carpenter and building custom homes. In 1984 Dave got hooked up by Alva skates and continued skating a lot with teammate Christian Hosoi. In early 1985 while skating at Del Mar Skateranch RIP, Dave broke his arm and spent the next two years in and out of a cast. During these years off work Dave used his Workmans comp and Disability money to travel the world and skate with his friends. At this time he and his friends became involved with the filming of the hollywood movie THRASHIN’. The gang in the movie ‘The Daggers’ was a spinoff of the 80’s ALVA Team. Dave continued to compete as a top sponsored amateur throughout the 1980’s, and began working with the National Skateboard Association (since renamed World Cup Skateboarding) building and designing vert ramps and street courses for the comps.It was in the early 80’s that Dave began judging and announcing amatuer and eventually professional skateboard competitions.


Turning pro in 1987 Dave began designing his own signature boards for the Alva Team, led by 70’s world champion and skateboard pioneer, Tony Alva. The experience Dave gained through managing and working with the Alva team led him doing hundreds of demos and competitions worldwide. Gaining knowledge of the skateboarding business led Dave to getting involved in a business of his own in 1993, Focus Skateboards Unlimited. This time partnering with skateboarding legends Christian Hosoi, and Chicken. This business included manufacturing and distribution of skateboard decks, wheels, snowboards and clothing, thus allowing the worldwide travels to continue.


In 1984 Dave started snowboarding, eventually competing in the local USASA events. It was in 1989 he was invited to judge his first Pro Snowboard event. The next year he was judging on the Pro tour (also helping hand dig the competition 1/2 pipes) and has continued either judging or announcing every winter since. Working on such Snowboard events over the years as the early 90’s PSTA/ USA tour, every Winter XGames for 20 years, Winter Dew tour, Vans Tahoe Cup, Sessions in Vail, US Open in Vermont, High Roller Rail Jams at Hard Rock in Las Vegas and recently the USASA Nationals in Copper Mtn Colorado. Dave’s career would eventually rise him to the position of the announcer at Park City 2002 Olympics for the snowboard superpipe
event, and was also calling all of the snowboard action for the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. Calling the action live for Shaun White’s Gold medal halfpipe runs!


Through World Cup Skateboarding and WCS Snowboarding, Dave continues to be involved with many skateboard and snowboard competitions worldwide and still continues to compete in the WCS Masters Skateboard Division (40 years old and over) with all the other legends of the 80’s skate scene. Dave takes great pride in his work, and has a deep passion for all action sports and has enjoyed the MC honors for XGames for 20 years, The Dew tour, Maloof Money Cup, Pro Tec Pool Party in the Vans Combi-Pool, Street League, Quiksilver Bowlriders in Europe, Mystic Sk8 Cup in Prague for over 25 years, WCS in Rome, Spain, Nass UK, Oregon Trifecta for 10 years! Also the Globe World Cup and Bondi Bowl-a-rama in Australia, Munster Monster Masterships in Germany, Rock the Cradle in Texas, Ski Dazzle shows in LA, Exposure in SD, STU Open in Brazil, O´Marisquiño Spain and too many more to list.


Dave continues to live up to the name, the “Voice of Skateboarding”! He is a part of the Flogging Molly Cruise running the mini ramp shows and he organizes and announces the Basic Bowl event in HB. He is at the Tampa Pro announcing the concrete park event. He’s on the mic at the Pink Motel in May then off to Salida, Colorado in June for the new Heart of the Rockie’s Rampage Bowl event then Jetting off to Mystic Sk8 Cup in Prague again! There’s the backyard series in San Diego at the B Team ramp, Then another trip over to Spain for the O’Marisquino event! Dave will also return to Montreal, Canada for the Jackalope Festival. The Orchid Mini Ramp in Santa Barbara, the Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl this October in Santa Cruz. Mayhem at Mead’s Manor vert comp in Florida and the Banger in the Hanger in Texas in November! Never a dull moment for Double D!


He continues working to help design, build, advise and oversee the construction of some of the best skateboard parks, ramps, street courses, arena competitions and events in skateboard history.


Dave is currently sponsored by Embassy Skateboards, Vans, Independent trucks, Volcom clothing, Bones wheels, Black Flys, Lib Tech snowboards, Flow bindings.