172: Danny Davis/Travellin' Dan

Danny in Alaska. Photo: Aaron Blatt

If you’re a snowboarder, Danny Davis really needs no introduction. He’s widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, and is still going strong two decades into one of the most storied careers in competitive snowboarding.

But there’s more to Danny than this quick thumbnail sketch. Because in a world of ever-increasing progression for its own sake. Danny stands for something. He’s a symbol of the creativity that is supposed to be at the heart of this entire business. As such, he’s one of the most beloved and admired riders on the planet, loved by snowboarders across the world as the personification of the idea that progression is redundant if it isn’t accompanied by style and creativity.

Danny in Saas Fee. Photo: Blotto

When I interview people how occupy such an exalted place in our culture, I’m always curious to see how they wear their reputation. Are they aware of it? Do they reject it? Embrace it? Will they even want to discuss it?

In Danny’s case, as I was delighted to discover, he’s more than happy to discuss it. What follows is, I humbly contend, as revealing an interview with Danny as you’re likely to hear, in which one of the greats dissects his own career, his plans for the future, and the state of snowboarding in general with total honesty and openness. In doing so, he offers us a peerless insight into the mindset you need if you’re going to stay at the top of the game for twenty years.

This one is great. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Watch our full conversation below:

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Show Notes

  • Been riding – ‘It’s icy!’
  • The cabin 
  • Mikey Basich’s place
  • On honeymoon 
  • The pleasures of European train travel 
  • Danny’s Natural Selection spot 
  • Burton & riding 
  • Setbacks & keeping current
  • Creativity and style
  • Coping with injuries 
  • Riding with integrity 
  • Danny’s modern stand outs
  • The Country Club lifestyle
  • The joy of splitboarding
  • Growing up
  • Carving a path 
  • Perspective 
  • Danny’s super supportive parents 
  • The rise of snowboarding 
  • Competition vs free ride: Danny’s take
  • The plan going forward 
  • Enjoying the moment 
  • Freeride 
  • Ice 
  • Getting beaten down 
  • Ever changing environments 
  • Best feeling on a snowboard

Names Mentioned

  • Mark McMorris 
  • Arthur Longo
  • Blake Paul
  • Noah Salasnek
  • Damien Sanders 
  • Tom Burt 
  • Mike Basich
  • Jake Burton
  • Hasi
  • Gigi Ruff
  • Travis Rice 
  • Donna Burton 
  • Nick Russel 
  • Blotto 
  • Terje Haakonsen 
  • Mikkel Bang 
  • Kevin Pearce 
  • Sean White
  • Brock Crouch 
  • Scotty James
  • Ross Powers
  • Elijah Teter
  • Ayumu Hirano 
  • Ben Ferguson 
  • Danny Kass
  • Scotty Lago
  • Kevin Jones
  • Mason Aguirre 
  • Rene Rinnekangas 
  • Torstein Horgmo 
  • Dusty Henricksen
  • Taylor Gold 
  • Kaishu Hirano 
  • Chloe Kim
  • Craig Kelly
  • Tom Burt
  • Jim Zellers 
  • Brian Iguchi
  • Sue Izzo
  • Jamie Lynn 
  • Ross Powers 
  • Anna Gasser 
  • Louis Vito 
  • Aaron Blatt 
  • Mikey Rencz
  • Jim Zellers 
  • Jeremy Jones
  • Cody Townsend
  • Craig Kelly 
  • Hayley Simpson 
  • Kolohe Andino 
  • John John Florence 

Places Mentioned

  • Tahoe 
  • Colorado 
  • British Columbia 
  • Michigan 
  • Donner Pass
  • St Moritz 
  • Zermatt 
  • Switzerland 
  • Vermont 
  • New York
  • Truckee
  • Salt Lake City 
  • Zurich 
  • Alaska 
  • Saas fee
  • New Zealand 
  • South America 
  • Les Deux Alps 
  • USA
  • Laax
  • Jackson Hole 
  • Sierra Nevada 
  • California 
  • Glacier Washington 
  • Mammoth Mountain 
  • Whistler 
  • June Mountain 
  • Denali 
  • Nepal 
  • India 
  • Kathmandu
  • Bolivia
  • Mt Cook
  • Maldives 
  • Tahiti 
  • Fiji

Organisations, Brands, Companies Mentioned

  • Mountain Dew 
  • Amtrak 
  • Burton 
  • The Freeride World Tour 
  • Natural Selection 
  • Absinthe 
  • The Olympics 
  • XGames
  • Dew Tour 
  • Vans
  • Ross Powers Foundation 
  • Stratton Mountain School 

Films and Books Mentioned