Showing posts with label Guinness World Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guinness World Records. Show all posts

Thursday, June 14, 2012

5-year-old girl limbo skates under 27 cars for Guinness World Record (video)

The limbo is usually performed under a stick, pole or bar held stationary, much like the high jump bar in track and field.

Surely those who originated the limbo dance in Trinidad never dreamed the limbo would be performed under a parked car, let alone 27 parked cars!

We’re not kidding. Limbo skating under 27 parked cars!

A very flexible 5-year-old from Maharastra, India, put on a pair of roller skates, stretched out her arms and legs and, well, see for yourself:

That really is a kindergartener limbo skating under 27 parked cars to set a Guinness World Record for limbo skating, the Guinness people confirmed on June 7.

More from Guinness World Records:
A flexible five-year-old from Maharastra in Indian has whizzed her way into the record books after setting a new benchmark for the farthest distance limbo skating under cars.
Kindergarten student Shreeya Rakesh Deshpande skated under 27 cars, covering a whopping distance of 48.2 metres (158ft 2in) during a successful world record attempt last week in Kolhapur.
GWR representative Nikhil Shukla was on hand to confirm that a new record had been set and presented Shreeya with her well-earned certificate as local press and her proud parents looked on.
An event celebrating Shreeya's achievement was organised later the same day in her hometown, with well-wishers once again treated to a demonstration of her amazing talent for limbo skating.
Shreeya's feat beats the previous record of 38.68 metres (126 ft 11 in) set by Rohan Ajit Kokane in February in Mumbai last year during filming for the TV show Guinness World Records - Ab India Todega.
Is anyone else curious as to how many times the girl hit her head while perfecting this feat?

Final question: When do you suppose limbo skating will end up in the X Games?
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

World record for largest wave ever surfed is confirmed by Guinness World Records

It’s official. The largest wave ever surfed was the mammoth 78-foot wave Garrett McNamara caught in November 2011 at Nazare, Portugal.

Guinness World Records confirmed it today, May 9, 2012.

Video of that monster wave with McNamara surfing it has been around for awhile, but not until today could it be called a world record for largest wave surfed. Cue the video:

McNamara, 44, is a professional big-wave surfer who is part of the Body Glove International team that travels the world chasing storms and seeking the largest waves to surf.

He’s surfed the big breaks of Waimea in Oahu, Mavericks in Northern California and Todos Santos in Mexico.

For more about the world record, we turn to the Guinness World Records announcement:
His epic ride, which required him to be towed into the wave from a jetski, beats a record set by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank in southern California, in 2008 by over a foot. [...]

Describing the record breaking wave ride, Garrett said: "It's the most challenging, dangerous wave I've ever surfed - it's the only place in the world in which a giant canyon reaches all the way to the beach".

Among those to congratulate Garrett on his achievement was Jorge Barroso, mayor of the town of Nazaré, who commended the daredevil surfer with a tribute at last week's 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award awards ceremony in Anaheim, California.

The mayor said: "It is an honour to bring this title to our waters.. For the strength, bravery and the constant will to improve. Nazaré is a bit like your second home and our population admires you."

The record for largest wave surfed (paddle-in) remains held by Shane Dorian, who managed  to successfully ride a wave measured at measured 57ft (17.4 m) in height without a tow at a break known as 'Jaws' off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, USA in March last year.
An incredible, big-wave surfing feat, no doubt. Congrats, Garrett McNamara. Now, what's next?

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Guinness: World’s largest fishing lure weighs 355 pounds

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It takes five guys to hold the world's largest fishing lure.

For this fishing lure, you’re going to need a bigger tackle box.

You’ll need a bigger rod and reel, and a bigger boat, too. And heaven help you if you are able to troll this lure and actually hook a fish big enough to bite it.

How big would a fish have to be to bite it? Big. Really big. Because the lure weighs 355.2 pounds and measures 10 feet, 10 inches. In fact, the lure is so big, it just became the world’s largest fishing lure officially on record.  

The Guinness World Records confirmed the record recently at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, Fla.

Local fisherman/businessman David Partridge of Flat-Liner Lures designed the lure, which was constructed by employees and friends of S.S. Spitfire Mercantile.

The world's largest fishing
lure weighs 355.2 pounds and
measures 10 feet, 10 inches.

Amanda Mochan of Guinness World Records explains:
The reasons behind creating a large fishing lure were many. Firstly, it was a natural fit for the area. The Destin area is known as the 'world's luckiest fishing village' due to the quality and variety of the fish found in this section of the Gulf of Mexico. As such, it only makes sense that the world's luckiest fishing village would create the world's largest fishing lure.
The International Game Fish Association keeps track of fishing world records, and now, Guinness Book of World Records keeps records for the world’s largest fishing lure.

Since it was a new category, Guinness established a minimum requirement of 10 times the size of a standard lure.

“The Sandestin lure was 24 times the size of a regular lure, so the only remaining detail was to take the exact measurements, as this is the yardstick by which future records will be measured,” Mochan wrote.

After taking the measurements, Mochan declared the lure a world record.

Alas, no fisherman will ever use the lure. It’ll be on permanent display at the S.S. Spitfire Mercantile, a fishing/souvenir shop at the marina of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Assuming there’s room.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Angler catches world-record yellowfin tuna

While the monster yellowfin tuna was being cranked up on the scale, a couple of people in the crowd of nearly 200 started rooting the fish on: “Four, four, break four!”

As in 400 pounds.

Well, it broke “four.” It broke a world record, too.

The fish weighed 405.2 pounds and will put Mike Livingston of Sunland, Calif., into the International Game Fish Assn. world-record book. That is, if it is approved, and it probably will be. The current record is 388 pounds, 12 ounces by Curt Wiesenhutter in April 1977.

Livingston caught the fish last week aboard the long-range fishing vessel Vagabond out of Point Loma (Calif.) Sportfishing. It was weighed Monday morning upon the boat’s return from the 10-day trip.

See the entire story and video of the weigh-in at GrindTV Outdoor. It’s worth a look.

So how long do you suppose it took Livingston to catch this huge yellowfin tuna?

According to GrindTV, nearly three hours, or about as long as it would take to watch a Major League Baseball game. Think about that!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Surfer breaks erroneous Guinness surfing record, or did he?

Everybody loves to hear about Guinness World Records. They’re crazy. They’re stupid. They’re fun. Like the record attempt over the weekend in Surf City -- except for the parts that fail to pass the smell test.

This gets interesting, folks. announced it was flying in Guinness officials last Saturday to judge Bill Laity’s attempt to break the world record for the longest continuous surfing session.

Said “The current record stands at a solid 24 hours, set by lifeguard Thomas Cannon in the warm summer waters of North Carolina. Bill will be pushing to beat that by a considerable amount.”

Oh, he beat it by a considerable amount, all right, if he indeed surfed as long as it is claimed.

Laity, 37, of San Clemente set a potential world record for longest continuous surfing session at 26 hours, emerging from the water at 9:26 a.m. Sunday, according to Michael Figueroa of (via the Orange County Register).

He did so in the surf off Huntington Beach, Calif., battling rain, wind gusts between 20 and 40 mph, storm swells surging from all directions, water temperatures in the low 60s, air temperatures in the low 40s -- and only getting five-minute breaks every hour.

By’s count,  he caught 147 waves, or five to six waves an hour. Kudos, Mr. Laity, kudos. What a feat! But you know, you could have stopped after 16 hours and had the record by plenty.

Why? Because the world record is actually 15 hours, 2 minutes, at least according to Thomas Cannon.

Cannon, a senior at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, was featured on Oct. 9 by the school newspaper on He was attempting to surf for 24 hours, but he said it got too rough so he quit early.

But since no previous record had been set, his newly established record stands. Or does it?

It may not even be a record as of today. According to that Oct. 9 article, Cannon said he still needed to edit the video of his attempt and send it in to the Guinness World Record people. He said he’d do it by Christmas, and Guinness says it takes 6-8 weeks to verify.

So was there even a record for Laity to break? Uh, probably not.

Oh, but the plot thickens.

What’s amazing is that would pay between $4,780 to $7,966 to bring a Guinness adjudicator on scene to verify the record on the spot. According to the Guinness website, that's the going price if you want its people there. Now, the folks at wouldn’t just say they were bringing in Guinness judges just for the publicity would they? Naw, of course not.

But it is interesting that the record wasn’t instantly verified by the Guinness adjudicator as is Guinness protocol. The certificate is supposed to be presented on the spot. Curiously, there was no publicity video of this presentation, and’s post-event recap only said it "is believed to be a new world record.” Hmmm.

No worries,, your employee could still become the world-record holder if he follows the Guinness requirements for verification. Either way, you got the pub you wanted (or at least some; see above video from "Good Day L.A.," and listen to the "We assume a lot of shrinkage" comment by in-studio host Steve Edwards -- yikes!).

Listen, we take nothing away from Laity and his achievement -- 26 hours of continuous surfing? Crazy. Stupid. Fun. Way to go.

But really, it kinda amounts to a fraternity prank, where you tell a brother the record for eating hot chili peppers is 12 and he eats 13 only to find out there was no record.

As for Cannon, if his record becomes official, he’ll have to wait to see if it survives Laity’s application.

A funny aside: asked Cannon if he was worried about any ambitious surfers trying to break his record before he makes another attempt at a 24-hour surfing record.

“I feel kind of safe until next summer because no one’s going to try to do it during the winter,” he said.

Well, somebody did -- and beat you by a large margin. We think.

Now, if you guys want a really impressive surfing record to shoot for, try the one listed here.

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