Skateboarding Great Wall of China

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece on some top skateboard movies and was intrigued by the spunk and audacity these brave souls play as they ride their boards.

I discovered an inspirational story that reminded me of the parachuter who broke the record today in free falling. Waiting for Lightning is about a skateboarder. Danny Way has performed over the top feats like our parachuter. He is known by most skateboarders as a visionary for his amazing feats and performances throughout his career. Samuel Goldwyn Films plans to release the film the first week of December.

Documentary explores the amount of abuse the body can sustain. It also touches on how passionate one has to be in order to except challenges the defy survival. Danny Way not only proved himself to be an incredibly talented skateboarder but he is the sport's greatest innovator.

I am sure this documentary has some incredible skateboarding tricks and stunts, but it also features interviews with the best of the best in skateboarding. Such big players as Travis Pastrana, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hoffman , Ken Block and Tony Hawk to name a few .

The story starts out as an inspirational story of visionary skateboarder Danny Way. We see the journey of a young boy from a broken home in southern California. He has a deep passion for skateboarding. That passion brings him fame and a lifetime of accomplishments.

I am inspired by Way's drive. He has no limits as exemplified by his creations captured on screen, a ramp of Herculean and dangerous proportions in order to jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard.

All in all, I am looking forward to seeing this documentary. I want to get a glimpse of the type of person who would do such feats.

Danny Way Skateboards Jumps Wall of China

Danny Way in front of the Great Wall of China

Location of the Great Wall of China

The red outlines the Great Wall of China.
The red outlines the Great Wall of China. | Source

Great Wall of China

Most visitors seldom skateboard the ancient tourist attraction let alone jump across it with a skateboard.

Let’s take a look at the Great Wall of China. Obviously it is very unique as a structure and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. For 4,500 miles the ancient wall wonders through the mountain ranges of China – more miles than the distance from New York to California. The Wall is wide enough for two cars to drive on it – 25 feet tall and 25 – 30 feet wide.

The Ming Dynasty rebuilt the wall from many small walls constructed by multiple Chinese emperors. The Ming Dynasty developed elaborate battlements and cannons with watchtowers for additional protection of the people. The Dynasty used limestone, bricks and titles.

Reportedly, ancient records indicate over 300,000 soldiers and 500,000 commoners worked on the Wall. Little did they know, that a young, talented skateboarder would be gliding and careering down the center of the Great Wall of China.

Great Wall of China

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skatingtravis 2 years ago from London

Big moment!


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Kenna McHugh 2 years ago from Northern California Author

Yes. It was.


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Linda Robinson60 4 months ago from Cicero, New York

Hello Kenna this is such a fascinating fun hub. It was so enjoyable to read and learn more about the skateboarding The Great Wall Of China, I would never have even imagined that and the talent that it takes for those people to accomplish it successfully. Amazing writing.


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Kenna McHugh 4 months ago from Northern California Author

Hello Linda, thank you for the comment. Yes. Skateboarders are amazing. I have never visited the Wall but hope to some day without my skateboard.

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