Danny Way is an American professional skateboarder, known for his extreme stunts like jumping into a skateboard ramp from a helicopter, as well as a 28 feet sculpture, and over the Great Wall of China, and generally pioneering skateboarding through the introduction of megaramps. Considered a child prodigy, he won his first competition at the age of eleven, and three years later, his first professional vert contest in 1989. Driven by innovation, Danny has pushed the limits through various achievements, including: setting the World record for ”Biggest Air” with 25.5 feet (7.8 m) above the ramp, and being the first and only person to jump over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard, during a historic mega ramp event in 2005, a trailblazing stunt which has elevated the sport to a new level. Danny performed the jump with a broken foot; due to failing the day prior to the event. In 2009 Way broke the World record for fastest speed towed on a skateboard, to a speed of 74 miles per hour. In addition Danny Way has won several X Games titles, and unsurprisingly been awarded by Thrasher magazine as the ”Skater of the Year” twice. Danny has appeared in several skateboard movies, including: Powell Peralta’s ”Public Domain”, ”Shackle Me Not”, and ”Hokus Pokus”, by H-Street. In 1991, he cofounded the skateboard company Plan B.
Chris meets Danny Way in his home, sharing: How he is a product of his environment, Southern California, unconventional unpredictable upbringing, introduced to skateboarding at a young age, addiction, The Del Mar scene, The Key Hole, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, practice, talent, skills, focus, persistent, visualizing, motivation, influences, inspiration, innovation, preparations, progression, physical ability, mental edge, confidence, balance, coordination, competitive environment, risk, consequences, injuries, vision, motto, awards, achievements, hobbies, amateur to professional, progressive technical skating, respect, direction and development, mega ramps, universal mentality across the board, from helicopters into ramps, scary rides, Plan B: the riders, the philosophy, pushing boundaries, deadlines, developments, what’s next, and more.
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The H-Street Team, and Tony Magnusson
Jumping The Great Wall of China – A surreal event
Where his urge for flying comes from
Relationship with pain
Most nerve wrecking experience he has had on a skateboard
Skate Montage and Juicing
The 1997 DC Super ramp, and his world record of highest air of 25,5 feet