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.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Metacritic:
45
Rotten Tomatoes:
43%
PG-13
Year:
2012
96 min
$19,537
Website
42 Views

I said,

"Are you crazy?

What do you think

you're doing?"

I didn't see it

as being a positive.

I saw it as Danny

gettin' killed.

Anyone can learn

anything they want.

It's all in your head.

You've just got

to spend time on it.

I don't know that a

lot of people really get Danny Way.

There's

a lot of guys that...

that'll do whatever it

takes to win.

Then there's guys that do whatever

it takes to push themselves,

guys that do whatever it takes

to progress their sport.

Danny's doing what he was meant

to do, and you can see that.

And very few people get to

experience that in their life.

When we first got

to the Great Wall,

We were just like,

"Oh, my god.

This guy

is gonna kill himself".

They would never let anyone

build something like that here.

There was a mountain biker

that jumped the wall

and careened

to the bottom, dead.

His ramp wasn't

built properly.

It was

gut-wrenching for me.

The outcome

of the end of it

was what I was

always afraid to face.

I'd heard

about China for years.

Danny was on a flight

and actually saw

the Great Wall from the plane.

And I remember

him joking like,

"Yeah, I'm gonna jump

over that thing".

I don't remember hearing

how it all came together.

I just kind of remember

hearing it was going to happen.

The role of a manager

is to make your visions

and your dreams real.

Danny wanted to jump

the Great Wall of China,

and Ray and I felt

that we could help do that.

This is

what the next chapter

of Danny's life

was all about,

and we were the guys

selected to make that happen.

So we go

to China fueled by a dream

and ambition

and nothing much else.

We pull up

to Juyoungguan Gate...

and it's impressive.

The wall,

in some spots is...

I guess it's just not as big

as I envisioned in some spots.

I wouldn't want

to cheat on this one,

so I'm trying to find

some section on...

We're trying to find

a section here

that would actually be

a legitimate jump for me.

There's definitely spots

on the wall that are enormous,

but there are some

that aren't, and I just...

you know,

I wouldn't feel right

unless I found a spot

that was really magnif...

magnisi... nificent.

Sorry, it's freezing out.

I can barely talk.

So, I think right here...

jumping from there

over to here

is the widest spot

of the wall,

which I feel does the most

justice for skateboarding

and the possibility of breaking

the world record.

We come

back from China,

and Danny's on the phone

with me at midnight

going, "Dude,

is this real?"

And I'm like,

"I don't know.

"But here's your job:

"Prepare,

have your bag packed,

and you're jumping until I'm

telling you you're not jumping".

I think

the story really started

before my brother

and I were even born.

It started out with my mom

and my father getting together,

and then taking off

and going up the coast

in their VW van

and following the hippie trail.

Everything

that Dennis

ever told me

about life happened.

Within 45 minutes

of me first meeting him,

he told me that I was

gonna have two sons with him,

and that he was put

on this earth

to teach me

how to be a survivor.

From that moment on,

we were connected.

Dennis and I

were on an adventure.

We went up to Oregon,

and all the pieces

of the puzzle

started being

put together.

Damon was so mellow,

and Danny wore me down.

That first year,

I thought I was gonna lose

my mind with him.

Little did I know

years down the road

I would go through

a lot more

than what I went through

the first year of life with him.

We got tired

of the rain in Oregon,

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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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