Danny Way ticks all the ‘legend’ boxes. If there were such a thing as skate-royalty, he would be King. That said, the skate community is probably more inclined to anarchy than monarchy…
Over the course of his long career, Danny Way has done some truly incredible things on his skateboard. Bomb-dropping out of helicopters, launching over the Great Wall of China and smashing world records left, right and centre, he’s the skater’s skater. But for every record broken, he’s got a bone to match. The skateboarding gods have been pretty merciless towards Mr Way’s body and he’s broken nearly everything physically possible to break. Danny’s made of tough stuff though and despite the injuries he’s been pushing skateboarding to its creative limits harder, and for a longer time, than anyone else in the game.
In anticipation of the UK release of Waiting for Lightening, the documentary film exploring Danny Way’s life, i-D online sat down with the living legend to talk about his high-flying career, and why landing a 1080 is no big deal.
Waiting for Lightening will be release in the UK this summer.
Text and Film: Oscar Hudson
Portraits: Luke Moran-Morris