Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Swiss skater manuals for two kilometres at speeds of up to 45km/h on two wheels.
The Bernina Pass is better known as a gateway for skiers but the Swiss route acted as the backdrop for a crazy potential skateboard record.
In a display of balance, concentration and skill, Simon Stricker hit speeds of up to 45km/h as he shattered the previous best for a manual.
At an average speed of 31km/h, Stricker needed to achieve a distance of 1.5kilometres on two wheels alone (hence, with his skateboard tipped upwards), facing a perilous balancing act for the duration of the record attempt.
Speaking beforehand, he explained that he couldn’t “underestimate the speed” and warned of “overcoming different passages” of the route.
But despite the challenge, Stricker believes he broke the record and went some way beyond, his front wheels eventually touching down on the target after covering 2.173km leading to celebrations from the skateboarder and his team.
Afterwards, he said: “As far as I know, this should be the world record.”
He described the location as the perfect spot for the record attempt, the surface “relatively even” but “an even downward slope – not too steep and not too flat”.
But he added: “The biggest challenge was to manage the different angles of descent. Sometimes, I was very slow then again it felt like speeding.”