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Kerberos
07-09-2005, 08:16 PM
Way clears 61-foot gap, lands on ramp
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way rolled down a massive ramp at nearly 50 mph and jumped across the Great Wall of China on Saturday, becoming the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid, an event sponsor said.

Way botched the landing on his first attempt but then successfully completed the jump across the 61-foot gap four times, adding 360 degree spins on his last three tries, sponsor Quiksilver, Inc. said.

"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," Way said in a statement.

A crowd of several thousand people, including China's ministers of extreme sports and culture, gathered at the Ju Yong Guan Gate about a 40-minute drive from Beijing, Quiksilver's greater China marketing director Ryan Hollis said.

"It was pretty fantastic," Hollis said in an interview from Beijing. "He really has spent quite a few years even thinking about this whole idea. It's been in logistical planning for about eight months. ... It was pretty amazing today to see this happen, to see it adopted by the culture, adopted by the government."

Way made the jump on an adaptation of the so-called mega ramp, a gigantic structure that he helped create near his home in the Southern California desert. He set a skateboard jump world record for distance (79 feet) on a mega ramp at last summer's X Games, and in 2003 set the height record of 23 feet at the desert ramp.

Event sponsor Quiksilver, based in Huntington Beach, Calif., makes skateboard apparel.


Dude has got a big set of cahonas ... that's a pretty far jump with a skateboard!

Dude is asking for a visit ... from :reaper:



:D



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Chiefs Pantalones
07-09-2005, 08:25 PM
I didn't even know skateboards were still made.

Is this 1989?

Someone wake me up!!!

Ultra Peanut
07-09-2005, 08:25 PM
China's ministers of extreme sports and cultureROFL

<img src="http://www.dw-world.de/dw/image/0,1587,983832_7,00.jpg" style="width: 244px; height: 330px; border: 0" alt="" />

"Duuuuuuude!"

ChiTown
07-09-2005, 08:27 PM
ROFL

<img src="http://www.dw-world.de/dw/image/0,1587,983832_7,00.jpg" style="width: 244px; height: 330px; border: 0" alt="" />

"Duuuuuuude!"

wtf?

ROFL

Chiefs Pantalones
07-09-2005, 08:27 PM
ROFL

<img src="http://www.dw-world.de/dw/image/0,1587,983832_7,00.jpg" style="width: 244px; height: 330px; border: 0" alt="" />

"Duuuuuuude!"

ROFL

DJay23
07-09-2005, 08:29 PM
I hope that one day this horseshit passes and skatboarding and motocross aren't shoved down our throats as actual "sports."

Kerberos
07-09-2005, 08:37 PM
I hope that one day this horseshit passes and skatboarding and motocross aren't shoved down our throats as actual "sports."


Xgames baby ......

I was dissapointed when they wouldn't let free style stand up jetskis be in the X-Games... its as much a sport as skateboarding or motorcross IMO.

I got no problems with it being spectated and presented as a "Sport"

How the hell can anyone see ice-skating as a sport ???? Same pricipal in my book.


:D


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Ari Chi3fs
07-09-2005, 08:39 PM
seriously, trampolines and synchronized swimming are "sports" **** it. Let thumb wrestling in... and arm wrestling, and hot naked womens mud wrestling in. Im good with that.

Ultra Peanut
07-09-2005, 08:39 PM
If golf and bowling are "sports," so are extreme sports.

DJay23
07-09-2005, 08:46 PM
anything that has to be judged to me is not a sport, it is a performance. If it can be timed, or an objective score can be kept, it's a sport.

patteeu
07-09-2005, 08:51 PM
China's minister of extreme sports?


:hmmm:

Ultra Peanut
07-09-2005, 08:55 PM
China's minister of extreme sports?


:hmmm:
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=2558725&postcount=3

BigOlChiefsfan
07-09-2005, 09:09 PM
Yep, the Chinese Minister of Extreme Sports reports to the Totally Radical Young Radicals Bitchin' Re-Education Committee.

Chiefs Pantalones
07-09-2005, 09:12 PM
I hope that one day this horseshit passes and skatboarding and motocross aren't shoved down our throats as actual "sports."

http://thecia.com.au/reviews/h/images/harold-and-kumar-go-to-white-castle-5.jpg


"What? Dude...that is so not extreme."

dtebbe
07-09-2005, 10:03 PM
I hope that one day this horseshit passes and skatboarding and motocross aren't shoved down our throats as actual "sports."

Real motocross and supercross riders are athletes, just ask anyone who has actually ridden a few laps around a modern motocross or supercross track. You have to have excellent upper body strength and cardio fitness to compete even at the lowest levels of the sport.

Now most of this "x games" BS is for the most part just the losers who can't compete in real Moto/supercross. Just more food for the mindless Sportscenter crowd.

DT

|Zach|
07-09-2005, 10:11 PM
http://thecia.com.au/reviews/h/images/harold-and-kumar-go-to-white-castle-5.jpg


"What? Dude...that is so not extreme."
ROFL ROFL ROFL

Ultra Peanut
07-09-2005, 10:12 PM
Real motocross and supercross riders are athletes, just ask anyone who has actually ridden a few laps around a modern motocross or supercross track. You have to have excellent upper body strength and cardio fitness to compete even at the lowest levels of the sport.

Now most of this "x games" BS is for the most part just the losers who can't compete in real Moto/supercross. Just more food for the mindless Sportscenter crowd.

DTErr... didn't Jeremy McGrath basically START the X Games "BS" by doing tricks during races?

From an interview with him:

Q: "... How about riding freestyle?"

A: My bag of tricks is way too small for that business now and Im not going to start doing back flips (laughs)."Calling anyone who's willing to do a backflip or any kind of trick on a motorcycle from the comfort of your computer chair is ****ing clownshoes, dude, and I don't even watch the stuff.

DJay23
07-09-2005, 10:24 PM
****ing clownshoes
heh. I'm stealing this and using it in everyday conversation.

alanm
07-09-2005, 10:28 PM
Xgames baby ......

I was dissapointed when they wouldn't let free style stand up jetskis be in the X-Games... its as much a sport as skateboarding or motorcross IMO.

I got no problems with it being spectated and presented as a "Sport"

How the hell can anyone see ice-skating as a sport ???? Same pricipal in my book.


:D


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It ain't a sport unless there's hitting or a ball involved. :harumph: :)

unlurking
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
It ain't a sport unless there's hitting or a ball involved. :harumph: :)
Heh, I'm good with watchin' guys jump 60' in the air and brake a few bones when they **** up the landing. At least I don't have to watch 2 hours of mind numbing stock car just hoping for a crash.

Rausch
07-10-2005, 02:25 AM
heh. I'm stealing this and using it in everyday conversation.

You're way late on that one.

DJay23
07-10-2005, 08:31 AM
You're way late on that one.
What, does someone own the copyright? I've never heard it before. I live in the backwoods of PA. I'm usin it.

Psyko Tek
07-10-2005, 09:15 AM
anything that has to be judged to me is not a sport, it is a performance. If it can be timed, or an objective score can be kept, it's a sport.


if it don't have cheerleaders...
it ain't a sport

arrowhead20
07-10-2005, 04:10 PM
I'll tell you all what, skateboarding takes more skill to master than golf, baseball, or any sport for that matter.
and another thing, ask any pro skateboarder how many injuries theyv'e had and i guarantee they will out number any seasoned vet of the NFL.
I love Football as well, but any kind of board sport you can think of is extremely hard to master,
these guys have brass balls to be doing these kind of things risking life and limb for a trick. ive seen when boarding goes bad and its way more gruesome than any snot bubbling hit in football. while in golf it may be hard to master a golf swing, but they dont have to work up the courage to try a new club, or work on their putting to get better at it.
Moral: dont knock it until you've tried it!!!!!

DanT
07-10-2005, 04:20 PM
Skateboarders have a cool culture and that's a cool feat, jumping over the Great Wall of China!

DanT
07-10-2005, 04:25 PM
I'm not a skateboarder myself, but you can tell just by looking that it's a helluva sport: you have to have the same kind of postural skills as golfers and bowlers and combine that with agility and power, not to mention guts. To me it's obvious just by the way that skateboarders interact with each other that they are cool as hell and know that what they're doing takes skills and that if someone can do a trick you can't, the right attitude is to be glad for them and to see if you can one day match them. Skateboarding has a lot of what's good about America built into it.

Plus, they can f*ck-up some ugly concrete benches, like I saw this one skateboarder do to an architectural atrocity of an abandoned office building in downtown Sacramento yesterday. :thumb:

Ultra Peanut
07-12-2005, 11:44 AM
mms://wmscnn.stream.aol.com/cnn/offbeat/2005/07/11/china.great.wall.jump.affl.ws.wmv

morphius
07-12-2005, 12:31 PM
If golf and bowling are "sports," so are extreme sports.
I wouldn't consider those sports, I would call them games.

Pennywise
07-12-2005, 12:51 PM
He should have jumped in a big bowl of fried rice on the other side.