Danny Way catches the highest air on a skateboard, sets World Record

Danny Way sets Guinness World Record
Professional skateboarder Danny Way breaks his own record for highest skateboard air. Photo: Monster Energy

Announced Thursday, for the second time, skateboarder Danny Way has set the Guinness World Record for the “highest air on a skateboard (quarterpipe).”

At an event sponsored by DC shoes and Thrasher Magazine, in Alpine, California, Way flew and landed an incredible 25.5 feet off a quarterpipe, beating the previous record he set himself on June 12, 2003 at 23.5 feet.

A Guinness World Record official was onsite to confirm the record, and it was all caught on camera:

Last week, Way dropped hints about his new record posting a photo on Instagram featuring the peak of his backside air but without an official comment as to what was occuring.

And a day before the official announcement was made on Guinness World Record’s site, the skateboarder posted another photo of his feet walking up steps to what can only be assumed the record-setting ramp, skateboard in tow.

“The day I set the new record I had an issue with not getting enough speed so the following week I added more roll in to the ramp to go bigger not feeling content with my accomplishment at 25.5 ft,” wrote Way. “Unfortunately on my return visit I broke my ankle so I have been hurt dwelling on this since, the ramp is still awaiting my return and this voice is my head is going to drive me insane until I’m physically ready for a rematch.”

For this feat, Way teamed with DC Shoes, which hired California RampWorks, to build a 256 feet long and 56 feet tall ramp.

The ramp allowed Way to hit speeds up to 55 mph. With drop-in towers reaching 85 feet, three inches above the ramp base, Way ended up flying about 81 feet above ground.

Setting records isn’t new to the 41-year-old, and from his Instagram comment, it doesn’t seem like this will be his last.

Danny Way sets Guinness World Record
Danny Way’s recording-setting feat was confirmed by a Guinness World Records official. Photo: Monster Energy

Way currently holds a few verified gravity-defying world records.

Way has skateboarded in some of the highest places, jumping a 60-foot gap over the Great Wall of China and bomb dropping from the Neon Guitar outside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

He’s also first person to jump out of a helicopter on a skateboard, holds the longest distance jumped on a skateboard (79 feet), fastest land speed record on a skateboard (74.5 mph) and this new record, and is also responsible for inventing the MegaRamp, a mainstay for the Big Air competition at the X Games.

Watch the making of Way’s latest record-breaking feat on Oct. 25 on ABC from 3 to 4 p.m. ET, 1 to 2 p.m. PT.

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