updated 09/24/2009 AT 3:10 PM ET
•originally published 09/24/2009 AT 4:00 PM ET
Despite all he’s been through in the last year, Travis Barker is coping as best he can since the tragic plane crash and recent death of friend DJ AM, pal and pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek tells PEOPLE.
He is doing “better than I would probably think anyone would really expect,” Dyrdek says. “I think he’s smart enough to know everything happens for a reason and he’s just dealing with it.”