Skateboarders are known for risking bodily harm for great stunts. But this latest one puts almost all others to shame. Today, Guinness World Records announced that a new record has been established: fastest speed recorded on an electric skateboard, a staggering 59.55 mph (95.83 kph) achieved by Mischo Erban, a 32-year-old Czech-Canadian longboarder.
As seen in a video published by Guinness World Records today on YouTube (and above), a well-padded, helmeted Erban takes several nasty spills going at speeds that are better suited to a car. These various attempts and the final record-establishing run were performed last November on a flat runway at the Portorož airport in Piran, Slovenia, giving Erban enough space to speed up and slow down. The record was measured over a distance of 328 feet (100 meters).
The electric skateboard used in this case is a model called the Nextboard. It’s manufactured by a startup company of the same name and isn’t available for purchase by consumers — yet (you can sign up for email updates on the company’s website). Guinness says it is “4-wheel drive,” with motors in all four wheels, and has a range of 6 to 9 miles (10 to 15 km).
Guinness tells Popular Science there is no previous record holder for the fastest electric skateboard run (this is the first time such a thing has been measured by the organization), but Erban previously set the Guinness World Record for fastest downhill skateboard run at 80.74 mph in 2012.
Correction: this article originally erroneously transposed the MPH and KPH values. We have since amended the error and regret it.