First, a warning: Kids, do not try this on your skateboard.
It’s one thing for skateboarding kids to try a crooked grind, tailslide or an inward heel flip, but quite another, and far more dangerous, to attempt what 28-year-old Canadian daredevil Mischo Erban did.
Erban went skateboarding down a street traveling 80.74 mph.
Guinness World Records confirmed it as a world record for the fastest speed ever achieved on a skateboard in a standing position, and it broke the previous mark by more than 10 seconds.
“What I’ll remember most about Mischo’s attempt isn’t just the incredible speed he was able to achieve, it was the sound of his skateboard wheels as it zoomed past,” Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Emprick said in making the announcement.
You can’t really make out the sound of skateboard wheels on pavement in the video because of the overly dramatic music, but you can ride along with Erban to get a feel for how fast he’s going, thanks to the helmet camera:
The skateboarding record took place on a road descending toward the St. Lawrence River port of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive in Quebec.Not just any road, mind you, one considered dangerously steep, with parts descending at an 18 percent angle.
What did Erban think about the record, which surpassed the mark of 70.21 mph set by Douglas da Silva in Teutonia, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil,in October 2007?
“It was great fun and I got a real rush from knowing I was traveling at 80 mph on a skateboard and watching the side of the road flash past me in my peripheral vision,” Erban told Guinness World Records.
“I came to the hill thinking I would be scared but at the end it was just a game. I didn’t really even feel challenged.”
Not challenged? What would it take to challenge you, Mischo?
“I want to be able to do 160 mph, but there isn’t a road which exists to do it on, but I think it would be possible because it is possible for downhill skiers,” he said.
“I just need someone to build the road first.”
Quick, somebody build that road. We’ve got to see this.
NOTE: The official record stated by Guinness World Records is 80.74 mph, though the video says 80.56 mph. Either way, it’s fast.
Photo, video courtesy of Guinness World Records.