How a Skateboard Can Teach Kids About Sustainability How a Skateboard Can Teach Kids About Sustainability
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How a Skateboard Can Teach Kids About Sustainability

by Amara Holstein

May 6, 2011

In a career that now spans twenty-two years, pro skateboarder Danny Way has accomplished some gravity-defying feats. He's jumped the Great Wall of China (four times), set the Guinness World Record for speed on a skateboard, taken three straight Gold medals at the X Games, and has been immortalized digitally in his own video game. Often called the best skateboarder in the world, he was also one of the first pros to support the Action Sports Environmental Coalition (ASEC).

GOOD: Why become a pro skateboarder?
Danny Way: It was more or less my escape vehicle from some of the issues I was dealing with at home as a child. At a young age I didn't really have anything more than a skateboard to get me from point A to point B. As a result of the time I was spending on the board, my skills progressed pretty rapidly. With skateboarding, I feel like the possibilities are endless when it comes to exercising my creativity. With my [type of] brain, I need a new canvas every day.

G: How did you become involved with ASEC?
DW: I’ve been friends with Frank Scura [the founder of ASEC] since 1995. His vision and ideas are amazing. I represent ASEC because I believe in the cause and what it represents, and I do what I can to support it.

G: Why do you care about the environment?
DW: Nature plays a part in everything I do. Surfing is a dance with Mother Nature and the energy that’s being organically generated by the ocean. With skateboarding, you’re feeling the sun outdoors. You’re enjoying the mountains when you snowboard. I love the planet and everything in nature we’re so blessed to borrow and use, and I’m not okay with what’s happening with the environment. I support helping reverse the damage being done to our planet.


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