Waiting for Lightning

Synopsis: A documentary on pro skateboarder Danny Way's tough childhood and his contributions to the sport, including footage of his jump over the Great Wall of China.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Jacob Rosenberg
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

the beginning

of Danny Way.

There has

to be some sort of visual

that captivates you

in such a way

that you just

fall in love with it

so that nothing will get

in the way of you

wanting to get on your board

and create,

play, and have fun

and outdo your own limitations,

and I think that moment

that captivated Danny Way

was that Del Mar moment.

I remember

my brother and I, like,

seeing it from the freeway

and seeing guys

flying out of pools and stuff,

and we were freaking out.

My dad turned around

and took us straight there

and got us memberships.

I was too young,

so we had to lie about my age.

When the park started

in 1978,

it was the full-on boom

of skateboarding.

We had, like, six people

working at a time.

You know,

I think of those days...

I'd wake up

at 8:
00 in the morning

and go to Denny's,

get breakfast,

come to the park, be the

first one in there skating.

It was sheer passion.

Soon as I hit

that park, padded up,

paid my money,

and, like, skated in there,

I just knew I wanted

to be part of that scene.

I still remember

my initial experience

at the park.

To hear the sound

of the wheels

and the bearings

on the concrete,

just, like,

that was it.

There was no turning back,

completely hooked.

All the best skateboarders

skated at Del Mar.

If you want to get better

and make a name

for yourself, it's there.

Del Mar definitely

defined my personality.

It gave me

a sense of identity.

It gave me a community,

a group that I really

enjoyed hanging out with,

and it set me apart

from the normal high school kid.

The first time I went to Del Mar

skate park, it was a done deal.

Like, I was addicted so fast

that it's the only thing

I could think about

from that point on.

Our stepfather, Tim, he

would take us to the skate park

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Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston is an American author. He wrote the novel Remember Me Like This and the story collection, Corpus Christi: Stories. He is also the editor of the non-fiction work, Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. He won the 2017 Sunday Times Short Story Award. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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