Friday, December 16, 2011

Guinness World Record for longest snowboard rail grind is broken in UK

When it comes to snowboarding records, not even the legendary Shaun White can touch this one.

Not that he couldn’t if he tried. Just saying. After all, the world record for longest snowboard rail grind doesn’t have his name attached to it. Not yet, anyway.

No, the record belongs to one British snowboarder by the name of Calum Paton, who rode a specially constructed rail for an amazing 255.9 feet, or about 15 yards shorter than the length of a football field.

The old record of 219 feet, 9 inches was held by Spain’s Alejandro Benito, who set the mark in September 2009 at the Madrid SnowZone.

Paton’s record came on December 2 at the Sno!Zone Milton Keynes Indoor Slope, one of three indoor snowboard facilities in Britain. The news is just getting out, though, with the release of the above video by Mpora Pure Action Sports late last week.

The video tells most of the story, though an exuberant commentator goes a bit overboard in calling Paton the world’s best snowboarder -- OK, Shaun White, you probably have a pretty good beef over that one.

But the commentator is accurate in calling Paton the Guinness World Record holder for longest snowboard rail grind.

Whitelines Snowboard Magazine, EA Sports and Sno!Zone Milton Keynes Indoor Slope organized the event, built a custom-length, 295.3-foot rail, and arranged for an official of Guinness World Records to be there.

The well-publicized event attracted the top snowboarders in the UK. One by one they attempted a record ride. One by one they fell far short.

As the event neared its conclusion, it appeared that nobody was going to break the record. After all, some of the finest rail riders had failed for 4 1/2 hours. It was 11:30 p.m.

Paton with his Guinness World Record certificate
and a $1,000 check for breaking the record.
Finally, in the last 10 minutes of the session, when everybody, including the representative from Guinness World Records, was about to pack it in, Paton started a ride he’ll never forget. At one with the rail, Paton did a 50-50, sliding down like a moving magnet until he surpassed the record mark, prompting a celebration.

“I’m so stoked,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to do it at all! It feels so surreal that I actually hold a world record.”

Of course the editor of Whitelines, Ed Blomfield, was ecstatic, too, saying, “We knew that with our thriving indoor scene the UK had some world-class rail riders, and this gave us a great opportunity to prove that.”

OK, Shaun White. Your turn.

Thanks to Boardistan!

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