Danny Way vs The Great Wall 10 Years Later
Ten years ago today, July 9th, 2005, Danny Way jumped the Great Wall of China. I got invited and needless to say I went. The thing was massive. Most of the DC heads were there: Colin, Dyrdek, Ellis (beat me for 100 bones on a pivot fakie). Friday night Danny told me he just wanted to get it over with. He climbed 57 stairs and just went for it. He got the wobbs and got rinsed. I thought it was over. They took him away in an ambulance and I thought he was going home. Seeing as how the ramp cost 5-million dollars, Saturday dawned and he was there. I couldn’t believe it. After a quick wheel change and some Cortisone, he stood on the brink of eternity. He jumped the wall but couldn’t make the 38-foot quarterpipe. It was one of the gnarliest things I’ve ever seen. Danny is a terminator. The whole country had a mandatory work stoppage so everyone could see it. He invented it and he did it. If you ever see him, look into his eyes. He doesn’t play. Wow, ten years, real shit. –Jake Phelps
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Plenty to think about. Photo: Blabac
They built it to keep out the Mongols. Photo: Blabac
Insane logistics with the ramp crew. Photo: Blabac
Sentry view. Photo: Blabac
Local roughnecks. Photo: Blabac
Two hours early?!
Backstage... Photo: Blabac
Tools of the trade Photo: Blabac
And she's buying a stairway to Heaven... Photo: Phelps
Phelper and Big Rob Photo: Blabac
Phelps flatbottom cam Photo: Phelps
They engraved his name on the wall for all eternity Photo: Ogden
Only birds were born to fly, but that’d never stop Danny Way from trying. Backside flip at 30mph from 55-feet to flat. Pull the rip cord… Photo: Ogden
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