Southsayer: Duncan Pearce, 24, skateboarder and software engineer

Duncan (2)
Photograph: Andy Sidders

Duncan Pearce, 24, is the force behind the impressive Save Southbank Skatepark campaign that has been garnering much media attention since the space was recently threatened with relocation. In less than a month, Pearce and a network of fellow skaters and supporters of The Undercroft, as the famous skate-park, pictured above, is also known, have collected 24,000 signatures to win the space protected status. Pearce, originally from Sri Lanka, lives in Waterloo and has been in London two and a half years.

Photograph: Andy Sidders
Photograph: Andy Sidders

When were you happiest?
The first time I saw Southbank and the skaters, it was the first day I came to London.

Where would you like to live in south London?
Near Waterloo/London Bridge.

What is your favourite south London sound or smell?
The sound of wheels landing tricks.

Who is your favourite south Londoner?
My girlfriend.


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
No matter what life throws at you, deal with it head on and face it.

What makes you unhappy?
British weather – not enough sun.

What simple thing would improve your quality of life?
If more people were happy.

What is your most unappealing habit?

Justin Bieber: Duncan isn't a fan
Duncan isn’t a fan

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching too much Top Gear.

Where do you hang out?
Southbank, Kennington Bowl, Whiteground, SE1 and Brixton.

Who or what do you dislike and why?
Justin Bieber, he annoys me.

Your worst?
Getting all my stuff stolen in a hostel.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My hands because they have been broken too much.

The house I live in is…

What is your greatest life achievement?
Travelling, new cultures and meeting lots of people.

What have you been up to today?
Saving Southbank with my friends.

Describe yourself as an animal
A dragon.

This is box title
With thanks to Andy Sidders, from Sports Photography London

Look out for our story later this week about the Save Southbank Skatepark event happening at the Undercroft over the bank holiday weekend. Meanwhile, sign the petition to protect Southbank Skatepark here


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