UNFINISHED BUSINESS - DANNY WAY

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Danny Way Mike Blabac Kevin Wilkins Unfinished Business

TEXT: KEVIN WILKINS; PHOTOGRAPHY: MIKE BLABAC

 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” —R. Buckminster Fuller

 

Danny Way’s part in The DC Video was an ass kicker. There’re no three ways about it. 

The point is just not open to question. 

His nearly no-handed domination of DC’s indoor vert ramp (taking vertical advantage of the precise aspects of ledge and gap skating in ways no one’s ever done before) would make most professionals pleased as proverbial punch. After such a performance, even the most motivated individuals couldn’t be blamed if they settled in comfortably for a long rest on the old laurels—fattening them up on a steady diet of “milk” and “it” for years to come. 

But then, in a move that upped the ante higher than anyone could have imagined, the Mega Ramp was constructed and promptly deconstructed by a hungrier-than-thou Way, who fervently tossed himself over an empty gorge of his own specifications via corkscrewed flips, spins, and varials—ending the entire clinic with two world records (as well as the worldwide respect and awe of his most finicky peers) in his pocket.

To look above and beyond these two features of history—hands-off vertical skating and big-gap gyroscopics—and attempt to model them, combine them in such a way that takes skateboarding somewhere completely new, is tough to get your head around. But to do it without even a hint of morphing our sport into some kind of spotlighted freak show or fist-pumping Superbowl half-time extravaganza is literally unimaginable. 

Until now. 

 

Danny Way Mike Blabac Kevin Wilkins Unfinished Business

Frontside crooked grind.

When The DC Video premiered nine months ago, after what director Greg Hunt describes as, “a long and sometimes brutal three-year journey,” the celebratory trucking out of the entire DC Team on a global debut circuit seemed to signal the end, if not a deserved pause of the video-making brutality that they had just endured. Way had other plans, though. On his way to the New York premiere of The DC Video, stuffed into a party van with his DC teammates, he was heard to say, “I got a few things out of the way, but there’s a lot of stuff that still needs to go down.” 

Not bragging. Not boasting. Just stating fact—there’s more where that came from. And where it came from is the very same reason there was more. Everything that Way and DC Shoes presents to the public is delivered through the conduit of pure love and pure skateboarding, “I’m trying to follow my own goals and trying to be better than the challenges that I put forth for myself,” Way adds on cue. Nothing less, but sometimes much, much more.

So when the latest DC ad appeared in magazines—the one with the sequence of Way gratifyingly five-0ing a gargantuan box on top of the Mega Ramp’s landing platform—the shiver felt through the skateboard world was significant. A lot more stuff was about to go down. 

Danny Way Mike Blabac Kevin Wilkins Unfinished Business

What you are on the brink of flipping through represents the current level of Danny Way’s skateboarding—a level that most people will be fighting to understand and catch up to for decades to come. Akin to “pretty please with sugar on top,” Way has effectively boosted the physical level of skateboarding to that of his own active imagination. Doing, in a sense, what mankind’s greatest have aspired to do—set in motion a real and significant shift in the way things are done. 

Of course this is all caught on film, and of course The DC Video Deluxe Edition includes Way’s model-changing exploits in the form of complete and total rail annihilation—what he calls, “unfinished business.”

You’re damn right it does. 

But have you ever wondered, “What do a handful of skateboarding’s other leaders have to say about the remodeling of the house they’ve helped to build?”

No? You’ve never wondered that?

Well, we wonder hard so you don’t have to. 

 

[This feature originally appeared in The Skateboard Mag's premier issue, April 2004. Subscribe to The Skateboard Mag today and get twelve issues for only $19.95!]

 

Danny Way Mike Blabac Kevin Wilkins Unfinished Business

 

Danny Way Mike Blabac Kevin Wilkins Unfinished Business

Noseblunt slide.

 

Danny Way Mike Blabac Kevin Wilkins Unfinished Business

Danny Way Mike Blabac Kevin Wilkins Unfinished Business

Noseblunt slide.

 

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