Vegas Bomb Drop
We told you Danny Way is a showman, and there's no better venue for a showman than Las Vegas, USA. In 2006, a year after his Great Wall jump, Way was at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas attempting to break the world record for the highest bomb drop.
A bomb drop, in skateboarding terminology, is a flashy way of mounting the board by swinging it into the air and jumping down hard on it. Vert riders often bomb drop into the halfpipe or bowl for added speed and style points. At the Hard Rock, Way wanted to pull off the bomb drop to end all bomb drops.
The previous world record holder had dropped 12 feet (3.6 meters) into a halfpipe. Way was looking to double the distance. To do so, he built a 56-foot-high (17 meter) landing ramp directly under the mammoth guitar that sticks out of the roof of the Hard Rock. Way built a small scaffold on the end of the guitar a full 78 feet (23.7 meters) in the air [source: Skateboarding Magazine]. By launching off the scaffold, Way would freefall more than 20 feet (6.1 meters) into the bowl below, crushing the world record.
The huge crowd assembled for the stunt gasped with terror as Way bailed on his first few attempts. It was like watching someone jump from a 10-story building without a net. Finally, Way managed to stay on his board, dropping a total of 28 feet (8.5 meters) and cruising to a triumphant slide up the huge quarter pipe on the other side.