THE FRESH FACE OF JAKE DUNCOMBE

August 10th, 2011

Jake Duncombe has had a run of injuries over the best part of a year now. After a recent knee surgery, he is now back on his board and loving life. In-house skate writer Shane Azar caught up with Jake to see what’s coming up on the calendar after being off the board. Discusses pursuits of happiness and the pleasures of dangling your naked chops in a cool evening breeze.

Words: Shane Azar
Photos: Andrew Mapstone

G’DAY MATE
Hi.

I SEE YOU GOT A HAIR FACE CUT
Haha I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, just hadn’t got around to it yet but I found a barber shop that gives you a free Coopers Pale Ale with every hair cut. Awesome.

A WHILE BACK YOU DIDN’T SHAVE YOUR FACE. WASN’T THAT DUE TO A BET? AND WASN’T I MEANT TO PAY YOU?
HAHA… Yeah it was due to a bet. And yes you were meant to pay me and I never received any money. I kind of figured you wouldn’t have given it to me anyway, I knew you just wanted me to get rid of that beard and I thank you.


SO WHAT ELSE HAS BEEN HAPPENING TO YOU BODY LATELY? THAT’S NOT ONLY THING TO GO UNDER THE BLADE. LET’S GET THE PEOPLE INFORMED
Haha, recently I had minor knee surgery so I’ve just been taking care of that and easing my way back into skating by skating parks, nothing too heavy.

HOW’S IT HOLDING UP
It’s feeling good, feeling strong.

CAN YOU GIVE A LITTLE INSIGHT IN TO HOW SKATING AGAIN HAS EFFECTED YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE AND OVER ALL HAPPINESS?
Man I’m sooo stoked to be back on the board. I was starting to have dreams that I was at skate comps and I couldn’t drop in or do any tricks. Waking up feeling rattled, it’s been great to be back on the board.

YOU’VE BEEN LIVING IN MELBOURNE FOR A WHILE NOW, ARE YOU GOING TO STAY SOUTH?
Yeah me and Jade are thinking of moving out with Rob Lorifice and his new fiancé Bec when he moves to Melbourne at the end of the year.

DON’T YOU MISS THE WARMER BEACHES OF THE GOLD COAST?
Yeah I do but when I’m on the Gold Coast I miss all the bars and skate spots in Melbourne. So I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place haha.

WHEN DO YOU HEAD ACROSS THE PACIFIC?
Yeah I can’t wait to be back out to the States. I’ve been paying rent over there this whole time so it sucks haha. So I should be there soon.

HOW’S THE BUNION?
The bunion’s doing good. Still there though.

WHAT’S LINED UP FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
Well at this very moment I’m playing Mario Kart, while Jade transcribes what I’m saying haha. At the end of the month I’m heading over to Malaysia for a skate contest, then back here for a week then off to Japan and Korea with Volcom and then back to the states.

ANY NEW LIFE PERSPECTIVES FOUND WHILST YOU WERE OFF THE BOARD?
Just eat healthy and trying to look after yourself.

WHAT DOES JAKE DUNCOMBE LOOK FORWARD TO?
When he wakes up: Baked bean and cheese jaffle

Before a skate trip: A good nights sleep

When summer hits: Swimming

When night falls: Cherry Bar

When you’re an old man: Smoking a pipe in my rocking chair looking over my winery.

THANKS FOR CHATTING 
No worries!

JAKE’S LAUDED SECTION IN LET’S LIVE.