Update March 7th 2008: Just for all of you to know before someone freaks out – this is a joke!
Here’s the official press release:
“In a move that shocked the skateboard world at large, Baker Skateboards held a press conference yesterday to announce that Dustin Dollin is retiring from the world of professional skateboarding.
“Well I’ve had a good run, I grinded some big rails, I had a bunch of pro-model boards, wheels, and trucks. I’ve had pro model denim with Volcom, and I’ve had a series of very successful pro-model shoes with the Vans shoes company.” The Australian native told the press in attendance. “I honour and cherish my time as a pro skater, but the fact of the matter is that I’m getting older and my body just can’t take the punishment much longer. I’m known for going pretty big, and it’s taken a toll on my body.”
Andrew Reynolds, the founder and owner of Baker went on to state. “This is a huge loss to Baker Skateboards, not to mention all of skateboarding. Dustin is one of a kind, both as a person, and as a skater. I’m sad to see him go.”
Dollin went on to divulge his future career plans. “I’m getting into the fashion industry. Anyone who saw my episode of Epicly Later’d knows that I am really into fashion, and have a keen sense of creativity. The good thing about my new career is that it will still allow me to dabble in the skateboard industry. I’ll be helping with apparel design at Baker, I have some great ideas for some puffy shirts, and I’ll also still be helping out at Vans with shoe designs. Right now though my main focus is on the world of high fashion. I’ve recently signed a contract with Benjamin Cho as a runway director, and I am really excited about that. There are a lot of similarities between skating and walking the runway. Both take grace, finesse, and a lot of courage. With that in mind, I believe I am in a unique position to bring a little bit of extreme to the runway.”