Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest Vans Store @ Belmont Shore in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, August 15. Johnny Layton, Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi and Ray Barbee will be signing autographs followed by a live acoustic performance by Barbee. The Vans “What If” skate bus will be parked outside the store all day, so bring your board and try out the mini ramp.
The 19-year-old pro skateboarder shared some info about the importance of milk, saying, “You don’t have to be an elite athlete, or doing a sport. Milk is good. It’s protein, it’s calcium, it get’s your strong and ready for whatever you want to tackle.” ~Ryan Sheckler
Danny Way started skateboarding at age 6 at the Del Mar Skateboard Ranch. At age 11, he won the first contest that he entered and shortly after he received sponsorship from Hosoi Skateboards and Vision Skateboards. In 1988, he briefly rode as an amateur with the famous Bones Brigade skateboard team, which was sponsored by Powell Peralta. He, along with Bucky Lasek were featured in a very short segment in the Powel video “Public Domain.”
Months after Way joined Powell, he left to join a company called H-Street. While with H-Street, Way would win his first vert contest. His sponsorship with H-Street also lasted briefly. In 1990, he would leave H-Street for a company called Blind. He rode for Blind Skateboards from 1990-1991, but soon left to join the founder of H-Street (Mike Ternasky) to begin a new company called Plan B Skateboards. Ternasky died in a car accident in 1993, leaving team ownership to Way and teammate Colin McKay.
Los Angeles – With Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam making its X Games debut, it’s only fitting that Big Air pioneer Danny Way would usher the event into the history books with a gold medal.
Nursing a pre-existing leg injury that forced him to drop in while riding switch, nearly twenty-three minutes elapsed before Way hit a successful landing for a 92.00 score. Notching his first gold medal since 2006, the skateboard icon reiterated afterward why he was so determined to overcome the pain and compete.
“I have a passion for skateboarding,” said Way. “It’s a fire that’s burning and it doesn’t go out. I love skateboarding and I’ve been doing it my whole life”
Bob Burnquist followed up a Big Air silver medal performance 24 hours earlier with another second place finish (89.00), but like all his fellow riders, spoke mostly afterward about his respect for Way.
“It’s 30 minutes. Danny can hold the pain that long and put something down,” affirmed Burnquist. “This is the first rail jam. He came up with the obstacle. He was gonna skate no matter what.”
Battling back and forth with Adam Taylor for third place, Rob Lorifice’s eventually retained the lead with an 88.33 score. This marked Lorifice’s second bronze medal of X Games 15.