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Danny Way Bio

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Danny Way Bio

Danny Way after winning gold on Mega Ramp at X Games 11

Danny Way Photo: Steve Cave

Danny Way Basic Bio Information:

  • Name: Danny Way
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Date of Birth: April 15th, 1974 in Portland, Oregon
  • Family: sons Ryden and Tavin Way and daughter Rumi Way
  • Occupation: Professional Skateboarder
  • Started Skating: 1978
  • Started Competing: 1984
  • Turned Pro: 1989
  • Favored Discipline: Vert / Mega Ramp
  • #1 Sponsor: DC
  • Stance: Regular
  • Setup: Plan B 81/4 x 35 1/2 board (extra thick 7 ply), extra stiff trucks

Danny Way Skateboarding Style and Strengths:

Danny Way is continually pushing himself and his skateboarding to the next level. A daredevil and showman's spirit drive him. Danny Way is also perfectly at peace with the cost of pushing himself in this way, understanding that there will be yet another injury to work through, another rehabilitation. Danny Way is aggressive, calculated, inventive, and knows what he needs to do and is willing to do it.

Danny Way Favorite / Signature Skateboarding Tricks:

More than favorite tricks, Danny Way seems to always want to change up the environment, and try something all together new. To the X Games interviewers he said, "I go through phases. I get bored and like to keep progressing with new and different terrain."

Danny Way Skateboarding Career Highlights:


1991 - won Thrasher Skater of the Year
1995 - won gold at X Games High Air (not Big Air)
1995 - broke his neck surfing
2000 - first of 7 knee surgeries. Danny's ACL has been replaced 3 times
2003-2004 - won Trans World Skateboarding Best Vert Skater (both years)
2004 - won Thrasher Skater of the Year (first skater to win this award twice)
2004-2005 - won gold at Big Air competition at X Games (both years)
2005 - jumped Great Wall of China (first non-motorized jump of wall in history)

Danny Way Personal History:

Danny Way's father died when Danny was 8 months old. He went through a rough childhood with his mother working hard as a single parent. His mother re-married, and Danny Way gives credit to his step dad for his introduction to skating. Danny also played football and baseball, but quit for skateboarding. At age 15, Danny Way went through what he calls a "destructive era". He now loves to fish, as a way to get away from the world. He plays guitar, skates, and rides motorcycles with his boys.

Danny Way Interesting Fact:

Danny Way's brother Damon was one of the original two founders of DC Shoe Co USA (Damon was partnered with Ken Block). Danny Way teamed up with DC Shoes right at the company's start, and his was the first signature shoe that DC made.

Danny Way Quote:

"That's what we're operating on today!" Danny Way said this as he pulled off his sock and put his bruised, bloated, fractured ankle on the table in the press room at X Games 11, right after winning gold on the mega ramp. Danny originally fractured his ankle a few weeks prior, when jumping the Ju Yu Gong Gate, of the Great Wall of China.
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