Interview By Carleton Curtis
Photography By Mike Blabac
It ain’t easy to shock the city of Las Vegas, but last month at the Hard Rock Hotel, Danny Way succeeded. His world-record-breaking 28-foot bomb drop atop the monstrous Fender Stratocaster blew the minds of mainstream media and skateboarders alike. In this web-exclusive interview, we caught up with D-Way from his recent Barcelona jaunt and asked him the questions everyone wants to know: how it went down and what’s up next.
Were the bookies in Vegas taking bets on your bomb drop?
They didn’t take bets but they thought it was bad luck, which was a little upsetting to me because I wanted people to take bets. I thought it would’ve been a little funny actually.
How do you practice for a 28-foot freefall?
You just go up and handle it. There’s no practice.
Did the weather problems sketch you out?
The weather was a little bit weird the day before. They had to postpone it a day because it was too windy; that guitar swings in the wind pretty substantially. There’s no question that if I had done it in that wind, it would’ve been way sketchier.
How windy was it on top of the platform?
The day of the event was really nice, so it was mellow.
Did the Hard Rock take out a crazy insurance policy for the event?
I don’t know. It’s not my department to really worry about that stuff. I’ve got life insurance, so that’s all that matters.
You’ve been in skateboarding for over twenty years, you’re a business owner, and you’re rich. So where do you constantly find the drive to push skateboarding’s limits?
Well, professionally for twenty years, but I’ve been skateboarding my whole life. Not that that matters, but… I don’t know what people define as rich, but I think my motivation for skateboarding is not based on income, it’s based on personal ambition. I’m rich in spirit and rich in motivation. Monetary cash value isn’t really of relevance to me. It’s not what drives me.
Do you think mega ramp skating is turning into a movement? And will it be its own genre of skateboarding in the coming years?
I think the question has already answered itself. What else do we need to do to prove it?
What’s the status on your new Hawai’i ramp?
It’s a slow process. Things move on Hawai’i-time in Hawai’i. The goal for me is to have endless possibilities with infinite time to achieve those possibilities. So I’m in no hurry. It’s not like it’s a place that is going to get built and I’m going to turn around in two days and tear it down. I want to build a facility that I can ride forever, even if it’s my kids who use it someday. I’m not trying to hurry and get things done in a fashion that might be wrong or upset the community and the Hawai’ian vibe.
What’s going on with the new Plan B video?
Just like any other video, we hope that it happens eventually and we’re taking our time to make sure it comes out right. There’s no concrete date on when it will be released. There’s a hypothetical date, but like most video productions, that could change. We’re not going to put anything out unless it’s the best video Plan B has ever made.
So what’s up next for you personally?
I just want to get out of the public spotlight where I’m doing these experimental challenges. I want to get behind closed doors and enjoy skateboarding for skateboarding.
Some of the stuff that I’ve been doing over the last year or two—the Great Wall, the Hard Rock thing, X Games—they were things that I wanted to accomplish, not to be thrown in the public eye, but it was necessary. In order to get the necessary financial backing for the things I wanted it to do, it was necessary to get in the public eye and get media coverage. I just wanted to do those things, and if I had to do it in front of everyone, then oh well, I’ll do it.
Ultimately, I’d like to just go skateboard and do it like I’ve done my whole life: just do it my way. I sstill want to get to the bottom of what’s possible, but not have this time frame or media there to hinder the potential of what I’m doing.