In the past decade Danny Davis has been amazing the extreme sports world, landing insane moves in half pipe runs that have been called some of the best in the history of snowboarding, all while donning his signature grin topped with some serious facial hair game. The man has been changing the sport entirely, not only with his novel tricks, but his stellar attitude.
The 25-year-old Michigan native took off in 2006 when he won the Transworld Rookie of the Year Award. Since then, Davis has turned heads in the snowboarding-verse by receiving gold medals in events like the Sprint U.S Snowboarding Grand Prix, beating out some of the best in the game, including Shaun White (ever heard of him?) Fast forward a few years to 2010 at the peak of his career when he suffered a pelvis injury that made the Olympic hopeful, unable to compete.
Now most people would have to give up their careers by this point, but not Davis, who recuperated, got back out on the snow, and is once again vying for a chance to participate in the games. 2013 has been suiting him well, as it marks his expanded deal with legendary board manufacturer, Burton. The deal not only makes the pro a head-to-toe Burton rider, but gives him the creative license to imagine up some amazing products—including his latest and our favorite, the Easy Livin boards.
We caught up with the man of the hour at the store’s flagship in NYC as they unveiled the 2014 Olympic US Snowboarding Team Uniform. So after chatting about his newest ventures—expect some sick outerwear in the works— we had to throw him our five questions.
What was the last movie you saw?We’re the Millers. Any movie about smuggling weed is hilarious.
What was your first car?First and only car is a GMC 2004 Sierra. The transmission just blew, such a bummer.
What was the first show you went to?Peter Frampton and the Sticks.
What was the first album you bought?Vinyl was actually from Jake [Burton]. When I hurt myself I bought a record player and he gave me Neil Young’s Harvest. But the first album I ever I bought as a kid was Blink 182’s Dude Ranch. I know, I know, I’m being honest.
What posters were hanging on your bedroom wall growing up?It was definitely something with football. Maybe Jerry Rice, I was a big 49ers fan. Or some Detroit tigers; I was really into sports when I was a kid.
Musician alive or dead you would want to play with?Jerry for sure, Jerry Garcia no doubt.
Best/Worst advice you’ve ever received?Someone told me that it’s good to try everything once.
Most memorable fan moment?We were on tour for a Burton snowboard movie and we were on stage and taking full beers and throwing them in the crowd, and they were loving it. And then a good friend of mine, Mason, was giving a snowboard away and before anyone was expecting it, he threw it out in the crowd. And it hit someone in the face and they got the huge gash, but you know they were super siked they got the board.
words and photos by: Banu Ibrahim