Great Wall Skateboard Jump TODAY
The jump is scheduled to take place today at the historical Juyongguan Gate, a landmark site considered among the top tourist destinations of the Great Wall.
Danny Way, holds multiple world records including two for distance jumped (24m) and height out of a skateboard ramp (7.14m). These records, set last year, are merely the backdrop to Way's world record setting attempt in Beijing today.
The Beijing MegaRamp will feature a 36.58m high (120ft) "roll-in" platform where Way will begin his descent, a gap distance of 22.86-27.43m (75-90ft) across the Great Wall and a quarter-pipe height of 9.75m (32ft) which Way will boost out of in an attempt to break his own world-record for height out of a ramp set in California, 2003 at 7.14m (23.5ft).
The MegaRamp will require in excess of 60,000 screws, 4,000 framework joists, 410 sheets of plywood and 200 sheets of specially manufactured 'Skatelite' surface panels imported from the USA at a cost of US$60,000.
Sixty men have been working daily at the event site amid temperatures that yesterday peaked at 41 degrees Celsius (110 degrees F) in order to meet the deadline.
The final estimated cost of the MegaRamp is said to be close to half-a-million US dollars.
The event is being underwritten by Quiksilver and should show up all over ESPN and national newscasts saturday.