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Blader ends record-setting ride with splashdown in St. John's

With a pair of in-line skates, Zach Choboter set out to achieve a new world record by skating more than 9,000 kilometres across Canada. Find out how it all ended with a leap into the Atlantic Ocean.

Zach Choboter ended his record setting ride in Quidi Vidi Village — with a leap into the Atlantic

Rollerblader sets world record with epic ride from Whistler to St. John's

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Zach Choboter broke a Guiness World Record for the longest journey on rollerblades, crossing the finish line with a leap into the Atlantic Ocean in St. John's. 2:44

When Zach Chobotor unstrapped his in-line skates after the final day of a cross-Canada journey, he described the feeling with a song.

"If I were Alicia Keys, I would say: my feet are on fiiiiiirrre…"

Choboter's mission has been to earn an entry in the Guiness World Records book by using in-line skates for more than 9,000 kilometres, from Whistler, B.C., to St. John's. It was an epic ride, but he couldn't have done it alone. His sister, Rachel Choboter, made the trip with him from behind the wheel of the support van.

The siblings, who grew up in Langley, B.C., called their ride Blading for Bees. Zach Choboter says they did it for the adventure, but also to raise awareness of how human activity affects the natural world.

"Bees are such a good mascot for the environment," he said. "If we help them, we help everything."

When the pair crossed the finish line in Quidi Vidi Village, a coastal neighbourhood of St. John's, they celebrated with a leap into the Atlantic Ocean.

Click the video player above to see more, including the final leap recorded on Zach's helmet-cam.

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Zach Goudie is a journalist and video producer with CBC in St. John's.

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