By Genevieve Robinson
On a rare sunny, fall day in Eugene, a couple of skateboarders seize one of their last chances to get outside and skate before winter weather begins. They take turns skating across a basketball court up onto a wooden skate box. Even though the temperature was barely 50 degrees Connor Corr, repetitively has to wipe sweat from his forehead after doing numerous tricks.
Corr’s success as a skateboarder peaked when he was in middle school. He got a camera for his birthday in 8th grade and would go to skateparks in Seattle, Washington and take pictures skateboarding. A skate company called Goods noticed his photographs and wanted to sponsor him to have him take pictures for them.
He became friends with the owner of Goods skateboarding company (which is now called Alive and Well). Corr would go skateboard there for free and receive free products from the company.
He began skateboarding and snowboarding when he was 8-years-old. He looked up to skaters like Danny Way, because “he was like kinda like a original skater and he did like all the big vert ramps like the big X-Games jumps over like 100 feet. So that was always cool to me.”
“People kind of have a . . .stereotype of a skater as like a grungy, mad, teen but like in reality its like young kids who are starting to skateboard. Its the third most popular sport in the country for young boys. And girls too,” says Corr.
Corr, is far from being a grungy, mad, teen. For him skateboarding, snowboarding, and board related sports were some of his favorite activities as a kid, and still remain to be.
However, from skateboarding Corr suffered a broken collar bone when he was in 7th grade. “At a summer camp in Bellingham, Washington, I was trying to 50-50 a grind box but it was rusty so I flew forward and hit my shoulder and helmet on the ground, my collar bone caught most of the fall.” He also has been chased by security guards at the University of Washington, but the worst that happened was a security guard took down his name.
Currently, Corr is a Junior at the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He still skateboards regularly to get to class and with friends on the skate box that he built with friends. He also has continued to do some photography, but only for fun.
His fraternity brother, Kevin Flynn, who helped him built the skate box said Corr is a street skateboarder who finds natural obstacles as opposed to a skatepark. “I would say it’s harder, because you don’t know if the cement is going to have cracks in it. Or if the ledge you are trying to do a grind on might be really rough. . .Instead of a skatepark where everything is built for skateboarding.” He spoke highly of Corr’s skills as a skateboarder, and noted that the best trick he has seen him do is a 360 flip or a nali 360.
Corr only occasionally goes to the Eugene skateparks but is he hoping that the Washington Jefferson skatepark will get built. The skatepark has been approved by City Council but according to Corr “they are trying to get a loan..just basically a donation…that is supposed to be used for public parks.” Washington Jefferson isn’t only going to be a skatepark, and the fund would help to update the park. It is going to be 22,000 square feet and will attract a lot of people.
In the future Corr hopes to get a job doing something creative for an active wear company like Nike or another northwest brand, potentially in advertising or project management.