2012 has been an epic year so far for Corbin Harris. When he isn't shooting front covers for SLAM Magazine, he is turning pro on Element and shredding the streets of Sydney and Melbourne with the kid Ryan Sheckler. We caught up with him recently to find out how he handles life in the fast lane and his upcoming Element video part.
Red Bull: Corbs! What the heck have you been up to this summer? We hear you've got some big news. We'll let you do the honours...
Corbin Harris: Wow, it's been a big start! From January 1st up until last month I was working on my Slam cover and 10-page interview and filming my video part that turns me pro for Element. I've got two signature boards coming out this month as well. It's been the pinnacle of my skating career really.
Red Bull: Professional? We were of the understanding you were already pro - hence the globe-trotting llifestyle your many sponsors support...
Corbin: Haha. A lot of people and mates have asked me the same thing! They're like, 'I thought you have been professional?'. And I have to tell them that yes I have been pro for a lot of years but the whole "going pro" is an industry thing when a big company turns around and wants to put your name on a couple of decks. I've been professional for eight to 10 years but within the industry you're classed as really professional when a big-name company asks you to put your name on their product.
Red Bull: Awesome. How did it all come about exactly?
Corbin: Believe it or not, the question of turning pro for Element was asked of me almost three years ago! It'd been one of my dreams all my life to turn pro for a massive company like Element and I basically worked out when I needed to do television and when I needed to skate. And a couple of years later after going back and forth with artists picking graphics and all that sort of thing, here we are - it's worked out. It's a long process!
Red Bull: It is a long process. It's lucky you're still even skating...
Corbin: I've got a lot of skating left. But I like how people ask me that question in Australia though - nowhere else in the world do people care. Everyone goes '29... Oooohhhhh'. I think in Australia everyone is used to footy players retiring so young. I think I'm probably going to be better the next four or five years. Haha. You're not going through that 20s period when you're out every weekend at at 21st birthday parties and that sort of stuff.
Red Bull: How big is the Slam cover for a skater?
Corbin: In my skating career, that's my second ever cover. They're hard to come by so it means a lot. It's huge for someone to have a 10-12 page interview and the cover. I'm pretty excited. And with the cover they let us do something different, it was more of an arty perspective and was a little bit different. And the feedback for the cover has been awesome.
Red Bull: And the video part for Element...
Corbin: That's been a work in progress over the last 18 months. I've flown everywhere from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York, L.A, some of Europe. We've tried to get some really good footage.
Red Bull: So are we talking a four-hour Titanic epic?
Corbin: Eighteen months has effectively been squashed in to six minutes. That will be out in the next few weeks online on Element, Red Bull, everywhere. It'll be on all the big skateboarding websites and pushed out everywhere.
Red Bull: Tell us about the boards. You're own name on it that hasn't been written on tape and stuck to it by your mum...
Corbin: Yeah! It just shows younger skateboarders that everyone can get to that point if you try hard enough. I got asked years ago by another company to have a board with my name on it but I wanted to do it with a company that was one of the best. And I've finally done that now. I'm up there on Element with Bucky Lasek and Chad Muskah. When you open the book of pros that have had their name at Element, my name is going to be right up there with those guys and will go down in history. I'm stoked.
Red Bull: So what's the plan now? Sit back, wipe your hands of us mere mortals and live a life of luxury in Sout America, learn to dance and kick the tango's ass?
Corbin: Not quite. It'd be nice! I'm just working on some fun stuff with my website and getting some interviews on there with friends of mine whoever they are - skaters, surfers, footy players or designers. I've also filmed a couple of pilots for shows in America and waiting to see what happens with a couple of those. You'll have to wait and see!
Red Bull: And does that mean you'll be leaving our shores?
Corbin: Well, yeah. I'm going to be relocating for part of the year for sure. Summer, I always want to be in Australia for the rest of my life! But there's not a huge point to me being here in winter, there's not a lot going on for me. Red Bull and a couple of other guys have been interested in me being over there and hosting the X Games and things like that. So that's something I definitely want to work on. I'll still be doing stuff for Fuel whether it's here or L.A, too. It's going to be a good year!
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