Canadian Sets World Speed Record on Skateboard
June 22, 2012
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A Czech skateboarder named Mischo Erban who is known mostly as a downhill skateboarder set a new Guiness World Record for the fastest standing skateboard speed. Erban was riding his skateboard down a mountainside in Quebec, Canada and reached the insane speed of 80.74 MPH on a skateboard to set the new World Record.
“When you go on these speeds on a smooth road, you feel the raw power of gravity pulling you down, it’s so crazy to see everything whipping by you,” Erban told Wired Magazine. “It’s a crazy rush.”
Erban had previously reached a speed of 80.83 MPH going downhill on a skateboard, but because the speed was marked at an elevation of 6,000 feet, Guiness didn’t recognize his accomplishment then as a World Record. So this time, Erban chose a mountain closer to sea level, and the World Record was recognized by the organization.
Erban, whose family immigrated to Canada from Czech Republic when he was a child to escape from the country’s communist rule, set the record riding a GMR deck with an aluminum spine that includes Ronin trucks that have 85 mm wheels with ceramic bearings. Erban placed an Android-powered HUD prototype to the right side of his helmet, flipped it on and hit the road to provide point of view footage of the record setting skateboard ride. Video footage below.
The previous record for fastest standing skateboarding speed was set by Douglas de Silva of Brazil, who in 2007 hit 70.21 MPH on his skateboard. Five years later, Erban broke the record by over 10 MPH to become the new record holder.
When asked how to stop a skateboard going at that speed, Erban said wind resistance is nature’s way of setting the brakes. “Pop out of the ball you were in, open your arms up and make yourself as big as possible,” Erban told Wired Magazine. Congratulations to Mischo Erban for setting the new Guiness World Record for fastest standing skateboard speed.