Jordan Hoffart and the longest ollie
Earlier this month in San Diego, California, Stereo Skateboards pro Jordan Hoffart, 29, set what could possibly be a new record for the longest flat-ground ollie by clearing a distance of 16 feet, 6 inches.
"We heard [Kris] Markovich and [Jeremy] Wray have the record with 16 feet, so we just thought it would be fun to try and beat that," said Hoffart, whose feat is displayed in a video produced for Tony Hawk's The Ride Channel. "I've wondered how far someone could actually go. It wasn't a serious thought, but I finally got around to it. I wanted to do it before I turn 30."
Although the Guinness Book of World Records does not have a longest ollie on record, Kris Markovich set an unofficial record of 16 feet, 5 inches in 2003 in a "longest ollie" competition sponsored by the electronics brand LG.
Markovich used a quarterpipe for the approach to increase his speed, but Hoffart preferred to use his own push for speed. "You can build anything to make you go faster than you can push," said Hoffart. "I just felt like it should be based off of your own man power."
For the setup, Hoffart and a camera crew chose a flat-ground parking lot with ample run-up space. Hoffart purchased $200 worth of sod from Lowe's, which he laid down and measured out to over 16 feet. He then began testing the ollie with help from a camera crew.
"You could only really tell if I cleared the distance with the HD camera, and in slow motion you can also see the imperfections," said Hoffart. "It made me think I should start the ollie sooner."
Hoffert examined the replay of the ollie on a Red Pro 5.0 digital cinema camera. "When I did it again, I made sure I went faster and ollied sooner," he said. "And I landed a few inches past it. It was visually clear there was no connection [with the sod]."
Hoffart was not concerned that representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were not in attendance to verify his ollie as a world record. "I guess I have a problem with the term 'record'," he said. "It's supposed to be about fun, really. That's what kind of separated skating from everything else."
Despite that claim, it's clear that Hoffart has no problem in stirring the proverbial pot. Earlier this year he appeared in a YouTube video for Thrasher Magazine titled "World Record Boardslide?"
Whether or not Hoffart is the current official record holder for the longest ollie, he can take comfort in the fact that he didn't spend any money on the endeavor. When the day was done, Hoffart returned the sod he purchased for the video to Lowe's.
"That stuff's expensive," he said. "So I actually didn't spend any money. Lowe's has a fantastic return policy."