by Chris Bishow
“I’m sorry but I do not feel comfortable being put ahead of guys like Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, and even Sparky.”
Does anything really need to be written here? Well, actually, yes.
In this young sport of Standup Paddling, never has there been someone so influential. Never has a man carried a brand on his back, nor has anyone ever made it look so easy.
The resonating image of Danny for me occurred shortly after the Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point. In the middle of all the chaos, at a time when all the other elite paddlers were swarmed by fans and friends, Danny was tossing a football around with a young boy. He seemed oblivious to the fact that he had just won the biggest race in the sport. His oversize check lay on its side behind some beach chairs as he tells the kid to go long.
Danny is quietly changing the way we SUP. In fact the only time that he seems to make a noise is when he has a paddle in his hands. It would be hard to have a better year competitively than Danny had this year, and it would be hard to find a better representative of our sport. To you, Danny, we tip our hats.