When Tom Sims threw the first halfpipe contest way back when at Soda Springs, California it was an overt rejection of the conformity and confines of racing. Three decades later, what was at one time the ultimate platform for creativity, the halfpipe arena had been subjugated by rule books, judges’ guidelines and a stifling track of linear progression to become mundane and predictable. Then Danny Davis re-emerged in 2014 to bitch slap the “dude tube” status quo by combining ample amounts of style with amplitude. Despite an untimely indiscretion curtailing his trip to Vancouver in 2010 and another accident sending him to the sidelines a few seasons back, Danny dug deep and surprised all by putting his underdog determination and steadfast resolve to return on his own terms on full display for all to see during the Sochi Olympic qualifiers. Rather than taking the obvious route of back-to-back (i.e. boring-to-boring) double corks, Danny brought the halfpipe world forward by going backwards. “Last season, Danny showed the world that he’s the master of the halfpipe,” states 7-time X Games medalist Andreas Wiig. “Danny’s switch methods in the Olympic qualifiers were legendary.”
Salt Lake Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers agrees. “What a comeback. Danny put down some of the sickest pipe runs ever done and made the Olympic team because of it!” As this accolade goes to pixel, Danny’s iconoclastic approach to transition has again been justified with a repeat gold medal performance at the 2015 X Games, yet this result isn’t the product of a single trick like the switch method. If it were, Danny’s regimen would be as predictable as those whose spin to win, style-less routines he was rebelling against. Rather, Danny’s take on trickery continues to change from hit to hit and run to run, bringing spontaneity back to big time contests and ensuring that the only thing you can count on is Danny continuing to keep it fresh and continuing to keep it real!