Fastest downhill skateboarder -Mischo Erban sets world record
DENVER, CO, USA--Downhill skateboarder Mischo Erban of Vernon, B.C., 27, was clocked bombing a hill at 80.83 mph (130.08 km/h) on a secret, two-lane county road in northern Colorado - which is the new world record for the Fastest downhill skateboarder.
Asked what it feels like to go that fast on a skateboard, Erban replied: "It's surreal. I know I'm in control the whole way, so you have, like, this calm; and you also have this raw power pushing you down the hill at 80 mph.
"But it's so smooth that you could be thinking about what you're going to have for lunch."
27-year old Erban, who lives in Vernon, BC, Canada rode a longboard using a stand up, head forward, arms back, tuck position to achieve the record.
He was wearing a leather suit, gloves and a full-face protective helmet. Erban's record was set entirely using gravity with no motorized assistance.
Erban was riding a GMR skateboard with stock Seismic 85mm Speed Vent wheels, Ronin trucks and prototype Seismic Bearings. Mischo Erban is the defending IGSA World Cup Series Downhill Skateboarding Champion. He has won numerous international races and is recognized as one of the best downhill skateboarders in the world today.
Erban hit 80.83 mph on his 19th of 20 runs, clocked by a Tag Heuer timing system known as a "speed trap" that he borrowed from the president of the International Gravity Sports Association.
The system measured Erban's time between two photo cells 100 feet apart, then converted that to a speed more precise than those recorded by GPS units or radar guns.
The world governing body had a representative in attendance, Gary Fluitt, and recognized Erban's speed as a new world record.
The previous Guinness World Record for theFastest downhill skateboarder was held by Brazilian Douglas da Silva, who was clocked more than 10 mph slower (70.21 mph) in October 2007.
Guinness World Records also recognized the longest skateboard, which measured 11.14 m (36 ft 7 in) long, 2.63 m (8 ft 8 in) wide and 1.10 m (3 ft 7.5 in) high; it was designed and produced by Rob Dyrdek and Joe Ciaglia (both USA) in Los Angeles, California. Jason Stinsmen of Allentown, Philadelphia achieved using a ramp, a double back flip at Van Nuys Aitport, California, USA for Guinness World Records: Primetime.