Kyla Duffy was one of the first skateboarders sponsored by Rookie in New York City and also got hooked up by Vans. She grew up in Absecon, New Jersey in an athletic family, as her mom had been a professional figure skater.
Kyla was best known for skating vert and transition, and she also competed professionally in snowboarding. A photo of her in the March 1993 issue of Thrasher in full baggy 90s gear shows her locking-in a blunt-to-fakie. A few years later, photographer Miki Vuckovich captured a photo of her that would be used as a Rookie ad in Slap magazine (December 1997).
Kyla Duffy competed in the first ever All Girl Skate Jam in San Diego, which was organized by Patty Segovia in September 1997. In an interview with Jean Zimmerman, she said the experience was amazing. “Everybody was so happy, and everybody felt the same way: ‘This is great, we’re doin’ it for the girls.’” Kyla placed 4th in vert behind Cara-Beth Burnside, Jodi McDonald, and Jen O’Brien.
She competed with the best, and even went up against the guys. The Concrete Challenge at two locations in Colorado (Beckenridge and Salida) was hosted mid September 2000. Heavy hitters like Omar Hassan, Alan Petersen and Chet Childress took top 3. Kyla and her fellow female competitor, Erika Dubé of Montréal, Canada took the last two positions, but they were still part of the action.
Kyla’s 2006 skateboard wedding was hosted at the Scott Carpenter Skateboard Park in Boulder, CO, as that’s where she met her partner Dylan Buli. Footage of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and happy couple skateboard as part of the ceremony! It really is the most fantastic wedding.
- 4th place in vert at the All Girl Skate Jam, San Diego. September 1997.
- 4th place in mini-ramp at the All Girl Skate Jam, Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon NJ, June 2000.
- 1st place at the Concrete Challenge in Colorado. September 2000.
- 5th place at the Vans Triple Crown bowl contest. October 2000.
- Zimmerman, Jean. Raising Our Athletic Daughters: how sports can build self-esteem and save girls’ lives. Doubleday, 1998.