A Canadian who began longboarding in order to get to his university classes on time, has set the Guinness record for the fastest skateboard speed from a standing position. Mischo Erban, 28, was clocked going down a hill in Quebec at 129.94 kilometres an hour.
While a student at the University of British Columbia, Mischo - who is based in Vernon, B.C. - had trouble making it to class on time, until he borrowed a longboard from a friend. Since then, he's started using more advanced equipment: his board is standard, but he has a custom-fitted suit and a helmet with a Terminator-style heads-up display built in that tells him how fast he's going and what terrain is up ahead.
Once he passed the speed-check station, confirming his record-breaking run, Mischo spread his arms to help slow his descent. But professionally, he's not slowing down. Mischo says he wants to research the physics of his sport and try to improve on his current world record. Even double it: "I want to be afraid of the next hill that I do a speed record on. I just want to find that hill that scares me that I really have to focus like 100 percent on to make it down in one piece".
To give you an idea of what Mischo looks like at full speed, here's a video of him doing a "seismic wheel test" in 2010:
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