words: Aaron Blatt
Danimals, aka Dirt Bike Dan, aka Dan Liedahl is one of a kind. He’s insanely positive. Insanely. The kid is just having a good time. His is a simple life filled to the very brim with impromptu road trips, skate trips, motorcycle trips, and camp outs in the summer, and a winter program full of stacking clips and traveling with his friends. He’s the epitome of “the best guy to have in a crew” who is always the first to help out when someone needs some heavy shoveling to hit a spot, quick to push someone to keep working for a make, and just generally always in high spirits. He also happens to be an absolute savage on his snowboard. Be it -20 degree weather in the streets of deep northeast Canada, or blower pow up in the Alps, the kid is crushing it with a sure fire, genuine Midwest smile across his face. Danimals is completely at home with any crew; a certified king of all trades. Burning gas with Grenier on the sleds? Check. Teeing up hefty street spots with Jed? Check. Building massive jumps in the Dolomites with Pat Moore? Check. But best of all, you can find him cruising rope tow laps with his boys at Hyland Hills back in the Minnesota year after year. Danimals knows his home, and continues to pay respects, and ride for those roots in the Midwest.
When the boys at Ride Snowboards made the call to move Dan up to the pro team, it was almost as if that the entire industry breathed a fantastic sigh of relief. Darrell Mathes, who has been riding and traveling with Dan for many years said, “When I found out Dan was going to go pro, I was super psyched to hear it, and to be honest, I knew it was super long over due.”
P: Chris Moran
The way that the Seattle-based snowboard brand brought Dan up into the big leagues was just about as Danimals-style as it gets: a full on ambush of a surprise at Cobra Dogs that featured a grip of friends and snowboarding heavies hoisting specially-made, LE Danimals decks into the air, followed by a week of snowboarding, dirt biking, skating, camping, and partying surrounding the Videograss Signature Session at High Cascade. Because, what better way to usher Danimals into a pro status that he undoubtedly deserved, than to have all of his friends live life his way for the week?