The jump was today at 5:30 p.m. Beijing time. The Beijing Mega Ramp™, the biggest skateboarding structure built yet, was built towering over the Great Wall's Ju Yong Guan Gate. Danny's going for two world records---speed on a skateboard and high air out of a ramp. "It's big. Really big," said Danny, describing the ramp. "It's definitely going to make me go a lot higher, a lot faster, and a lot further than I've ever been before... When I clear the Wall and hit the landing ramp, I'll be going close to 50 miles per hour... I'm going to hold on for dear life, do the biggest air I've ever done, and hope for the best..." (Quotes courtesy of DC Shoe CO USA, Danny Way's team company)
Many people have tried to jump the Great Wall of China before, but Danny Way is the first to jump the Great Wall without motorized help. In 2002 a mountain biker tried the jump, and was killed.
From Quiksilver - "I came to China with a goal and that was to jump over the Great Wall," said Way. "I have accomplished that and I feel like my job is done. I was aware of the dangers and my heart was pumping in my chest the whole time, but I managed to pull it off with the help of my team, and I'm honored to have my visions embraced by the people of China. Skateboarding has yet to realize its full potential, and by bringing this event to the people of China and the rest of the world, I hope I've contributed to the future of skateboarding and helped bring my sport the global attention it deserves." Danny Way fell on his first try, but not before clearing the 61 foot gap, so he was all right. He landed the jump perfectly on his second try, but he had three more to go. So, Danny decided to add 360 spins while airing over the Great Wall of China and land perfectly.
After the jump a ceremony was held where the head of the Ministry of Culture in China, Mr. Wang Jianjur, gave Danny Way a piece of the Great Wall.
From DC Shoe Co USA - Danny Way is one of a handful of professional skateboarders legitimately hailed by his peers as a legend. A child prodigy, Way went pro in 1989 at a mere 15 years of age, and to this day the Carlsbad, California resident is renowned for his technical innovation and for his pioneering use of skateboarding's first over-sized structures. In addition to being the only person to ever leap from a helicopter into a vert ramp on a skateboard, Way has also set and broken six world records. He currently holds the world records for highest air out of a quarterpipe at 23-feet, 6-inches, and distance on a skateboard at 79-feet. He set the last record in 2004 at X Games X with officials from Guinness World Record on-hand.
For more info, read the USA Today article covering the event at the DC Shoes website, read the Danny Way interview on Sports Illustrated Adventure, or read the Newsday article. These are all available on the DCShoeCoUSA website.