Skip to comments.Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way leaps Great Wall of China
Posted on 07/09/2005 8:23:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way rolled down a massive ramp at nearly 50 mph and jumped across the Great Wall of China on Saturday, becoming the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid, an event sponsor said.
Way botched the landing on his first attempt but then successfully completed the jump across the 61-foot gap four times, adding 360 degree spins on his last three tries, sponsor Quiksilver, Inc. said. "I was aware of the dangers and my heart was pumping in my chest the whole time, but I managed to pull it off with the help of my team, and I'm honored to have my visions embraced by the people of China," Way said in a statement.
A crowd of several thousand people, including China's ministers of extreme sports and culture, gathered at the Ju Yong Guan Gate about a 40-minute drive from Beijing, Quiksilver's greater China marketing director Ryan Hollis said.
"It was pretty fantastic," Hollis said in an interview from Beijing. "He really has spent quite a few years even thinking about this whole idea. It's been in logistical planning for about eight months. ... It was pretty amazing today to see this happen, to see it adopted by the culture, adopted by the government."
Way's made the jump on an adaptation of the so-called mega ramp, a gigantic structure that he helped create near his home in the Southern California desert. He set a skateboard jump world record for distance (79 feet) on a mega ramp at last summer's X Games, and in 2003 set the height record of 23 1/2 feet at the desert ramp.
Event sponsor Quiksilver, based in Huntington Beach, makes skateboard apparel.
Skateboarder Danny Way, 31, from Encinitas, California, jumps the Great Wall of China at Ju Yong Guan, north of Beijing Saturday July 9, 2005. Way was attempting to break his own skateboarding records for distance (79ft/24.07m) and unaided height out of a ramp. (AP Photo /Greg Baker)
Wow, the Chinese are really getting this capitalism thing.
They've progressed to the Bread and Circus stage already ..
Just joking lol.
I thought all skateboarders were daredevils.
I wonder if they have a Minister of Silly Woks.
Did he stick the landing?
Where's there's a Wall, there's a Way.
My last post was a real apostrophe.
I need video!
Funny, he doesn't look Juish.
Get a job.
Skateboarder Danny Way, 31, from Encinitas, California, attempts to set a height world record at Ju Yong Guan, north of Beijing Saturday July 9, 2005. Way, who completed the first ever skateboard jump over the Great Wall of China, was attempting to break his own skateboarding records for distance (79ft/24.07m) and unaided height out of a ramp. (AP Photo/Quiksilver/Mike Blabac)
Skateboarder Danny Way, 31, from Encinitas, California, jumps the Great Wall of China at Ju Yong Guan, north of Beijing Saturday July 9, 2005. Way, who became the first skateboarder to jump the Great Wall, was attempting to break his own skateboarding records for distance (79ft/24.07m) and unaided height out of a ramp. (AP Photo/Quiksilver/Mike Blabac)
He's board with his job.
Who would hire him? He's a skater.
But he knows his roll.
On a skateboard? He's nuts.
On the other hand, one of my favorite clips from the Jim Rome show is of his interview with Evel Knievel. Evel's attempted 1974 rocket-jump across the Snake River Canyon comes up, and Evel says he figured beforehand he had a fifty-fifty chance of not surviving the jump. Rome asks, well, if you figured you had a coin-flip chance of dying trying to do the jump, why try it at all? And Evel replies matter-of-factly...
"...You know who the hell I am?"
The point being that to do stuff like this, you have to be tough, supremely confident in yourself...and, yeah, at least borderline nuts.
"Where's there's a Wall, there's a Way."
If China can build a Great Wall so can America.
I realize this has nothing to do with skateboarding, but we are talking about walls after all.
Skateboarding is his job. Beats working for a living.
What an Ax-le.
Your comment is really off the wall
He's part of the Axle of Evel.
Karl Rove is behind this, I'm sure. :-)
Pretty killer dude.
How many have tried this and failed?
The guy has more guts than a government mule!
Must be a grind.
Only one other person has tried to jump the Wall, the late Chinese skateboarder Wen Tu Lo, whose unsuccessful attempt earned him the nickname, "Mural."
No doubt. It's also no doubt he's one of those 44 million people Nancy Pelosi loses sleep over because he has no health care or retirement savings.
In other words, a typical lazy, shiftless, good-for-nothing RAT constituent.
No, Michael Jackson is Off The Wall.
::drum fill/cymbal crash!:: :^)
If he ain't wearing the uniform, he's a pussie.
I'm guessing he makes significantly more than most FReepers. Dan has some very large ones.
Actually, besides Wen Tu Lo, I believe there was one other attempt:
Good - very good.
>>"A crowd of several thousand people, including China's ministers of extreme sports and culture, gathered at the Ju Yong Guan Gate..."
Heh, this job sounds like something they'd cook up in a country with a really overbloated government, like in say... the U.S.!
Which was probably this one:
Mongolians, take note.
As the Dad of a really good skateboarder, I have come to appreciate this stuff. As a matter of fact, all you have to do is go try to stand on a skateboard to appreciate this stuff.
It's really impressive when you consider Danny Way broke his neck in '94 in a surfing accident. He's lucky to be walking, let alone doing stunts like this.
One of my cousins has been a pro skateboarder for over 20 years now. He makes very good money.
He made a lot more starting his own skateboard company, though.
You got me!
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