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Skateboarder Danny Way Jumped the Great Wall of China

Updated on April 22, 2019
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Kenna wrote and directed several plays, taught acting for kids. She is a former talent scout, and at times directs or performs.

Danny Way Skateboards Jumps Wall of China

All in all, you should look forward to seeing this documentary because just a glimpse of the type of person performing such feats will fill the gap in understanding the sport of skateboarding.

Skater of the Year Twice

Daniel Way is from Portland, Oregon and born in 1974. He has been presented Thrasher magazine's "Skater of the Year" award twice.

He thinks outside the box when it comes to skateboarding stunts. Watching him skateboard is priceless. He is a talent worth watching to understand the sport of skateboarding.

Location of the Great Wall of China

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


Being a skateboarder takes a strong soul to conquer the board from the beginning of frequenting the local skateboard parks to winning regional competitions. Eventually, taking on the national and international competitions that include product endorsements and wild video shots. Being on a skateboard means performing trips like flip, daydream flip, plasma spin, sex change, gingersnap and at least another 100 other tricks.

Skateboarding Tricks and Stunts

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 in free falling. Waiting for Lightning follows skateboarder, Danny Way, who has performed over the top feats like with a parachute. Most skateboarders call him a visionary for his extraordinary feats and performances throughout his career. Samuel Goldwyn Films released the film, and it is available as a Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming online.

"Obviously, it's not in my nature to walk away from something, but there's got to be a fine line of what is possible and what's so . . . dangerous that you gotta go, 'OK, that's all that's possible, here."

— Danny Way

Interviews with Top Skateboarders

The documentary explores the amount of abuse the body can sustain. It touches on how passionate one needs to be to accept the challenges that defy survival. Danny Way not only proved himself to be an incredibly talented skateboarder but he is the sport's top innovator.

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

The story begins 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.

Way's drive is an inspiration. He has no limits of what he can do. The documentary exemplifies his creations captured on screen. With the purpose to jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard, we see the ramp of Herculean and dangerous proportions.

All in all, I recommend this documentary. You want to get a glimpse of the type of person who would do such feats.

Danny Way in front of the Great Wall of China

"That was the scariest ... thing I've ever done in my life. I'm lucky I'm alive."

— Danny May

Danny May is Skateboarder #5 with his Great Wall Jump

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. It is 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.

The Great Wall of China is wide enough for two cars to drive on it – 25 feet tall and 25 – 30 feet wide.

Great Wall of China


© 2012 Kenna McHugh


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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      3 years ago from Northern California

      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.

    • Linda Robinson60 profile image

      Linda Robinson 

      3 years 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.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      Yes. It was.

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      5 years ago from London

      Big moment!


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