Danny Way’s “Waiting for Lightning” suffers from many of the imperfections that film profiles of hyped athletes do. That said it gives sufficient insight into this extraordinary man.
Skating has been the kingpin of all the ‘action sports’ for the last 35 years. It’s many and varied key practitioners have pushed this street sport to places that were utterly unfathomable only a few generations ago. The sport has had significant influences on all the other ‘action sports’, music, art and fashion. Danny Way has towered over the sport for much of this time. Scarily focused,he looks beyond the horizon of current performance like a caged beast imagining the endless green plains that are it’s right to roam. The film finishes with a brief (too brief ) look at the super sized street course he has constructed in a valley. The kick flip into oblivion that finishes the film makes me shudder for the future of Mr Way’s already battered body and excites the imagination in equal measure.
On a more prosaic note I had two quick rolls around at B bowl this weekend. I tweaked my back and only briefly made acquaintance with the deep end coping…..Of course DW is younger than I am.