He just does a blunt to fakie [on the cement part at McGill‘s] and
it's kinda a gnarly transition and it's the old fish ponds that were there.
Well it's the original park and then they made them into fish ponds and added
vert to these things and so it's a really rough kink and he did it off of that and I shot a
sequence and I think that's around the time when I thought, you know this kid's going to be hot.
– Grant Brittain, Photographer, JGrantBrittain.com
McGill‘s Skateboard Park in itself I think is responsible for a lot of skate
boarding's innovation and a lot of things that went down there were ground breaking.
– Alphonzo Rawls
The Cult of Gnarly is our way to describe Danny and the few athletes in
his strata, in particular Laird Hamilton, Travis Pastrana, and Mat Hoffman.
There are others and they are easy to recognize, but these four are a good representation
different disciplines in action sports. Despite participating in completely different sports, there is
a kinship and a recognition between them; or as Danny says, “same attitude, different tool.” The
commonalities are many but can be condensed into several principles: 1) the constant pursuit of the
boundaries of human potential; 2) perseverance through terrible injury, 3) a pure love and passion for the
sport that defines them, 4) a familiarity with head space of “flow.”
“Danny could do some of the heaviest street skating at the time. But
also, he could take those skills to the ramp and usher in a new type of skating.”
– Tony Hawk
“He was an amazing street skater, you know. That's another thing about him is
his versatility is like pretty unparalleled, you know. He was an awesome street skater.
He did shit n those videos and they’re like— are still like legitimate street tricks today.”
– Kelly Byrd
The fact that it's never good enough is his biggest asset and also kinda the
thing that— it is what drives him and it is not what holds him back but it is what keeps
pushing him past all the injuries and all the everything else, he is the only person in the world
that I say is tripled my injury level and still wakes up every morning with this smile and it's not a smile
of, “Hey check out what I have done,” it's a smile of, “I know what I can do, and it's way more then this.”
Iâ’ve never seen anyone that has gone though such lengths to go to Europe and to do experimental surgeries and
doctors and just anything that he can do to get his knees to get his shoulders back. Matt Hoffman once told me, he goes,
“You know, if I could have got the experience that I have now and have the body of a twenty year old that was cautious his
whole life could you imagine the world of BMX would be in the next five years?” Unfortunately, you can't do that so it's tough, it's a toss up.
– Travis Pastrana
1994: serious neck injury
1999: dislocated shoulder
1999 - 2002: five knee surgeries
005: broken ankle
2008: broken ankle
In the last two decades when the question is posed, "Who is the greatest skateboarder ever?," the
answer from skate professionals and fans has increasingly been, Danny Way. The legendary athlete, continually
pushing the boundaries of what is possible, has earned a reputation as an innovator and ambassador for his sport.
• 2004 and 1991 Thrasher Magazine's Skater of the Year (the first skate boarder to ever be awarded this honor twice)
• Transworld Skateboarding's Vert Rider of the Year 2003, 2004, 2006
• Multiple world-record holder (distance jumped on a skateboard 79 feet; height out of a ram 23.5 feet; Bomb Drop 28 feet
(off the top of the Guitar outside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas NV); land speed record on a skateboard 74.5 mph)
• Multiple X Games Gold Medalist (Big == x 3 MegaRail)
• The only person to have ever jumped out of a helicopter on a skateboard
• The only person to jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard (July 5th, 2005)
• 2008 Subaru Athlete of the Games as voted by ESPN viewers of the 2008 x Games
• 2009 Inducted into Skateboarding Hall of Fame (1st round of inductees along with Tony Hawk and Tony Alva)
• The All Time Greatest Action Sports Athlete Ever voted for by 49 other athletes in Spike TV’s The 50 Greatest.
Jacob Rosenberg has extensive experience as a filmmaker, author and digital media expert. For more
than a decade he has worked as a senior consultant to Adobe Systems Inc., focusing on digital video software
applications. Rosenberg has contributed his technical knowledge to a number of feature films including James Cameron’s
“AVATAR”, Bryan Singer’s “SUPERMAN RETURNS”, Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary “SHINE A LIGHT” and the
indie dramedy “LBS”. Rosenberg began his collaboration with Bandito Brothers founders Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh when he served
as the online editor and digital intermediate (DI) supervisor for their feature “DUST TO GLORY” (2005). The filmmakers utilized an all-digital
workflow designed by Rosenberg that mixed nine different video formats seamlessly and printed the HD edit directly to film. “DUST TO GLORY”
would serve as the platform for creating their company Bandito Brothers, which independently financed and self-made the recent feature “ACT OF VALOR”.
Rosenberg was born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley. A skateboarder in the early 1990s, he developed his passion for video and film
by making acclaimed skateboard videos released by Plan B. Upon graduating from Emerson College, his thesis film was released on DVD and he promptly
began directing music videos, commercials and short films. Rosenberg directed music videos throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s. He most recently directed
commercials for companies such as Ford Motor Company, Cisco Systems, Nature Made, and Electronic Arts. “WAITING FOR LIGHTNING” is his first feature film.
Originally from England, Los Angeles based Darryl Franklin is an entertainment industry attorney and
manager. Together with Ray Ibe he has co-managed Danny Way since late 2003. Since that time they have
created all of Danny's major projects including, the Great Wall of China jump, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Bomb Drop, MegaRamp events all over the globe, Danny's Hawaii project, and now “WAITING FOR LIGHTNING”.
Max Leitman has managed business operations at Bandito Brothers since 2007
and in that time has negotiated and managed properties across multiple media platforms,
including film, branded content, TV, and commercials, including in his role as executive producer
of Act of Valor (#1 in domestic box office) and producing Waiting for Lightning. Prior to joining Bandito,
Max worked as a corporate lawyer for Irell & Manella, in Los Angeles, and Skadden Arps in New York, and
earned his JD from the University of Chicago School of Law.
Bret is the author of the internationally acclaimed ‘Corpus Christi: Stories’ and
the editor of â€˜Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer’.
A skateboarder for almost twenty years, he is currently the Director of Creative Writing at
Harvard. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New York Times
Magazine, Esquire, The Oxford American and Tin House.
Hana graduated from Pomona College in 2008, when she joined Bandito Brothers a full time employee.
She began producing documentaries and behind the scenes projects for Jacob Rosenberg and Bandito Brothers in 2010.
In 2010 Yogi Proctor graduated art school and quit making art. Instead Proctor practices the proliferation of decoys.
These post-art works span a variety of appearances and approaches; de-stabilizing notions of "artist" and "originality" with
wit and agility, while expanding our perception of "producer" and "artwork" in the process. Most recently his work has been included
in group shows at The Poor Farm in Wisconsin, La Gaite in Paris, REDCAT Gallery in Los Angeles, Yale School of Art Gallery in Connecticut,
Hunter College Art Gallery in New York and Seeline Gallery in Los Angeles where he was awarded Best In Show. Proctor is often seen collaborating
with Han Van Meegeren, Sade Coy, amongst others.
Carol has been a freelance film editor since 2000. Her feature documentary credits include Billy Bob Thornton's
“THE KING OF LUCK” a film about country music legend Willie Nelson, “WAKE UP SCREAMING” chronicling PETAS's
attempt to reach the youth through the Vans Warped Tour and “CLICK ME”, which delves into the early days of online dating.
In addition to feature work, Martori has edited a number of television documentary series from â€˜Gangland’ on the History Channel to
â€˜The Final Report’ on the National Geographic Channel. Carol is currently working on a short format documentary series about athletes
participating in the Olympic Games in London.
Michael Svitak earned a degree in Film Production from the University of Colorado at Boulder
in 2001 and has been a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild since 2004. He began
his career working as a camera assistant on crews with ASC Cinematographers such as Dan Mindel, Bill Roe,
Paul Cameron, Dion Beebe and Shane Hurlbut. In 2008 Michael won the Emerging Cinematographer’s Award from
the Cinematographer’s Guild for a short film titled “NOISEMAKER” (shot on 35mm). Michael has shot commercials for Callaway
Golf, Goodwill, Cisco Systems, EA Sports and Nature Made Vitamins, as well as 2nd Units on the feature film “DEADFALL” and TV
show “Aim High”. “WAITING FOR LIGHTNING” is his first feature film credit as a Cinematographer.