You can thank Duane Peters for skating the way you do. You can thank Duane Peters for defining skateboarding in the 1980s, and setting it on its current course. He took the elegant freestyle of the 1970s and shoved it through a meat grinder. He took skateboarding "Off The Wall" and went balls-to-the-wall. He put the snarl in gnarl, the punk in rock, the fuck in you. Duane Peters isn't a relic--he didn't invent the Indy Air and disappear, retire, or fade away. Pushing 50, DP has been charging as hard as ever, skating, touring, slamming, and getting right back up to do it again. But recently the Master Of Disaster had a bad knee injury turn worse. Gangrene. The doctors prepared to amputate his leg, but Duane pleaded to save it. He knew that no leg would mean no skating. And without skating, he'd descend into old habits that would pretty quickly kill him. He's been cleaning himself up, sharing the rough road with thousands of Twitter followers (@DuanePeters), and keeping his head straight to be able to raise his son, Clash. But skateboarding is the compass that makes that effort possible. No leg, quite simply, means no skating. And that would mean the end of the Master Of Disaster.
Saving his leg means saving himself. "Skate or Die" has never been more true than it is for Duane, right now. But to save his leg, Duane's been undergoing intense treatment and therapy. It's rigorous, painful, and very expensive. He's been selling everything he owns on eBay, and he's got thousands of dollars in medical bills stacked up against him. Duane needs our help (not just you or me, but us). He would never ask, so we are asking. The dozens of members of this coalition we call Rebate. It's about skaters helping skaters. It's about seeing a brother like DP backed against the wall and doing something about it. Whatever you can. If we all lend a hand, two things will happen: we will collectively raise some money to help Duane save his life, and in our efforts Duane will realize what he's given us all. Over the decades he's remained a champion for skateboarding. A champion of what skateboarding means. Do your part. Do what you can. Donate money. Donate a valuable collectible item for auction. Whatever you can. But DO something. Help the master Of Disaster get through this, and get back on his board where he belongs. He deserves this. And you deserve this opportunity.
Send checks (payable to Duane Peters) and any items product/Art/Pictures (signed if possible) for auction by Feb 18th 2011 to:
Duane Peters REBATE 17421 Nichols Lane, Suite L Huntington Beach, CA 92647
To make a cash donation via Pay pal -email@example.com
Thanks for your generosity.
Posted By: roger brown on December 15th, 2010 at 07:16PM PST
I'm right there with you Duane!
I'll be sending a check ASAP. I don't have much (I live off S.S.I.), but I'd give my last buck to help a Skateboard-brother in need. I was born with a rare Physical Disability and I've had over 30 Operations, so I know what it's like to be buried in medical debt...IT SUCKS! I also know what it's like to louse Skateboarding. I started Skateboarding in '89 and it changed my life. I was no longer the kid in a Wheelchair, I was a SKATEBOARDER. It didn't matter I couldn't walk and I skated on my knees because Skateboarding has no rules, so if others don't like it...they can fuck off! Skateboarding gave me the courage to keep fighting (you fall down, you get back up), without the lessons I learned is Skateboarding I don't think I'd be alive today. In 1999 (when I was 15) I had to have Reconstructive Spinal Surgery because my Doctors were worried I become Paralyzed if I didn't. I had the Surgery, but it caused me to louse 80% of my Physical Ability and I haven't been able to Skateboard since. I don't regret having the Surgery because I still have 20% of my ability left and that a hell of a lot better than 0% I would have if I was Paralyzed. In the 11 years that I've been unable to Skate I've been in one Coma, I've nearly died twice, I've had four feeding tubes placed and I've been in the Hospital countless times, but what keeps me from giving up is Skateboarding. I may never be able to ride my board again, but that doesn't keep me from trying.
I know you'll be able to get through this, so stand strong. All of Skateboarding is with you.
Duane, I'm with you all the way and I won't give up, if you don't.
Posted By: Bif Allen on December 15th, 2010 at 08:59PM PST
Shit Bif. That sucks but your determination is amazing. Hang in there. And thanks for the words of encouragement for Duane!
Posted By: Swank on December 15th, 2010 at 09:27PM PST
well... i'll do a donation soon.I'm a great Italian Fan
I'm lucky i Met Duane in 2003 a High speed prod, Fausto( R.I.P.) intropduce me to Duane .. few hours later after Red Cross guys gave me as a present to bring back to Italy... i was walkin from HSP to te place where i suppose to watch the prewiwew of Who Cares ...nad while i was turn a corner Duane Run in to me wit a six pack..
he looked at me saying:
" hey this is my deck, i must sign it "...
i was a little scared but now i got a signed deck and i spent an afternoon drikn wioth Duane during the screening of his movie...
such a great day in SF :)
what can i say .. Hey Duane, DON't GIVE UP!!
PS: sorry for my bad englis .. but i'm Roman lol
Posted By: mauro on December 16th, 2010 at 02:37AM PST
Thank you Todd. I just wanted to let Duane know he's not alone and to keep fighting.
Posted By: Bif Allen on December 17th, 2010 at 05:37PM PST
Could you give me a estimate of the costs.Not trying to grandstand but maybe I can take care of a big chunk of the costs.I realize the bills and treatment are ongoing but he is one of the reasons I'm still skating after 40 and i have enough coin to make decent donations every year....what better donation then to help keep Duane healthy....Most important to me is his son needs his dad healthy,sober,and on his board.Best wishes D.
Posted By: JC on January 4th, 2011 at 04:50AM PST
Russia with you Duane!!!!!!
Posted By: Max on February 6th, 2011 at 11:33PM PST