Skateboarding. Not Just For Punks

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For skateboarder Danny Way there may be no better view than from way up high, atop his skateboard mega ramp in the rugged deserts of Southern California.

"Out here, there's so much silence before you go, when you kind of get into a little bit of a peaceful mindset and you're like, 'OK. Wait. I got to snap into gear here," Way said.

"Here," at 31-years-old, is Danny Way's high octane world: racing down a ramp at a 60 degree angle, 45 miles per hour, with nothing but a board on wheels. This is what he calls "the ultimate release."

"And then once you're in the air, it all goes quiet again for a second, and then it's like, boom, the lights are back on and it's like here we go again," he shared. "But there is definitely a moment in space where you actually feel like it's so peaceful for a second.

"It's feats like this, along with the records he holds for flying 75 feet through the air and soaring 23 feet into the sky, that have made Danny Way one very hot--and cool--skateboarding star.

And it is at a California camp devoted solely to action sports, you get an idea how far his sport has come. The big hit this summer? Yes.

CBS News Correspondent Mika Brzezinski asked a few kids why they like to skateboard?

"You can skateboard all the time," said Patrick. "You don't need a baseball hoop like you do in basketball. You don't need a football field. You just need a board."

Favorite movie?

"Backside Air," said Joe.

Dreams of going pro?

"Yeah. Really bad. I want to go pro some day," said Brittany.

They may be the future of skateboarding, but the present is found from MTV to Madison Avenue, from the live screen to the silver screen, from dozens of edgy skate videos to hundreds of local skate parks. Skateboarding is on a roll as America's fastest growing sport.
  • Scott Benjamin

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