Corbin, your job sounds amazing! When did you decide you wanted to be a pro-skater?
I’ve kind of been heavily into a lot of sports growing up since I was about three or four years-old. I surfed because my dad was heavily into surfing and then when I was 14, a skate park opened up down the street and I basically fell in love with skateboarding. I basically dropped everything that I was doing, footy, surfing, and I was [constantly] on the skateboard from that day.
When you first told friends and family about your plans were they supportive or did they think it was a bit of a pipe dream?
No, they were definitely supportive, I’m sure there have been moments there over the last 16 years that they thought it was, like, a pipe dream, [laughs] because there was maybe times where I was, like, I didn’t think it could happen due to money. My mum always calls it a university degree, there was like six or seven years there where I was putting money into it, [having to] travel and only getting small budgets to travel with off sponsors. Eventually, you get to a point where you’re really doing well and making money out of it, which [for me] has been the last few years, which has been really good.
How did you come to sign a pro contract?
Basically you get sponsored at an amateur level, and then you’ve got other guys around you who you’re skating with and you go on trips all of the time. And it builds over the years, if they [sponsors] think you’re worthy of turning pro, then you kind of work through the ranks and get that, and you go through, like, doing interviews for magazines, filming video parts, in the streets and at skate-parks to get to that level.
What is the best thing about being a proskater?
I get to have fun every day of my life, I’m hanging out with my friends every single day, and I get to travel the world. You can’t ask for much more than that.
What’s the hardest part of the lifestyle?
Injuries. I’ve broken my ankles a bunch of times, you’re always rolling them and breaking them, [because] every day you have to fall over to do what you want to do.
There are plenty of kids that dream of being a pro-skater, but don’t quite get there. In your opinion, what is it that makes the difference between ‘making it’ and falling short?
I think it’s probably the ones that are just dedicated the most [that make it] I’d say. Those who want to put more effort into it, spending more time on their skateboard, I’d pretty much say that’s it. Obviously you need to have some sort of skill to be able to do it in the first place but, practice makes perfect with anything you do, whether it be golf or tennis or surfing or skateboarding.
What advice would you have for readers dreaming of becoming a pro-skater?
Just do whatever’s fun and what you love to do, that’s the main thing. Anything you’re doing that you love you always put more effort into and try harder, and end up better at it in the end.