Interview: Danny Davis Walks Us Through The Creation Of Peace Park 3
It’s almost showtime! Peace Park 3 airs this weekend, and who better to get you guys amped for the occasion than the man himself, Danny Davis? We caught up with the snowboarding pro — who happens to be the go-to guy for all things snow related over on Team Dew — to hear his favorite moments from the edit, how music and snowboarding are more related than you may know and why this might be the best Peace Park ever.
What made this year’s iteration of Peace Park the best one yet?
Danny Davis: What made Peace Park the best yet was the amount of time that Mountain Dew, Burton, and SPT took to find the perfect place to build what we had imagined. In the years past, we have had everything live in one 500-600 ft. space. This years we had over 1,000 vertical feet of jumps, banks, burms, bumps, and transitions, and ended it with the first-ever version of a 22-foot tall snowbowl at the bottom. It was much bigger, and so much more fun.
What was your favorite memory from the five days at Targhee?
DD: There were a lot of good memories and moments, but the one that resonates most is the time when snowboarding and music were equally as important. During the hip session we had some really ridiculous snowboarding going down, and at the top of the drop-in we had incredibly high-energy bluegrass being played by our friends, Gold Town. This combination of great tunes and really good snowboarding made it one of the most impressive, fun sessions I have ever been a part of.
Who impressed you the most out there?
DD: There was a massive list of impressive shredders there. Mark McMorris, Ben Ferguson, Charles Reid, Arthur Longo, and the list goes on. But the one who surprised and impressed me most was this younger kid Nick Baden. He rips. Everyone invited was impressive, and that’s one of the reasons why they were all there.
What’s your favorite part from the 44-minute edit?
DD: From the whole Peace Park edit, I have to say the best part was the bowl session. It was very skateboard influenced and so fun for everyone. It was also the last thing in the park to hit, and in my eyes the best thing. I hope people enjoyed the whole park though.
Why should people tune-in to ABC on Nov. 30 to watch?
DD: Well, Peace Park is unique compared to what the American public usually sees in regards to snowboarding. There are very few things put out on national television that show the creativity and joy of snowboarding. Contests are what get the most attention and this is something that is much different, and even more interesting I think. Snowboarding needs all of it though. It needs contests, it needs things like what Travis Rice is doing, and it needs Peace Park to keep growing the sport and influencing more people to get out and rip some turns.
In 140 characters or less, what does Peace Park mean to you?
DD: In 140 characters or less? Alright. Kevin Pearce, Jack Mitrani, Mark McMorris, Ulrik Badertscher, Mikkel Bang, Charles Reid, Ben Ferguson, Arthur Longo, Gabe Ferguson, Craig McMorris, Travis Rice, Mark Carter, Bryan Iguchi, Scotty Lago, Louie Vito, Greg Bretz, Frank Wells, Nick Baden, Roope Tonteri, Dave Downing, and Kinger. All of these characters have tons of style and lots of love for snowboarding, and that’s what Peace Park is about.
What’s next for Peace Park in 2015?
DD: Bowls, and more bowls. More skate, more style, and more music I hope!
Peace Park 3 airs this Sunday, November 30 at 2 p.m. EST on ABC.