Downhill skateboarder hits 89 mph
Last week, the world record for fastest speed on a downhill skateboard was 81.17 mph, achieved by Canadian Mischo Erban in 2012. But a lot can change in a week.
On Tues., Aug. 29, Santa Cruz-sponsored downhill skateboarder Kyle Wester built up a new board, changed out his wheels and bearings, and pushed off from a top a steep descent at an undisclosed location in the U.S.
The resulting speed pushed Wester far past the current world record to 89.41 MPH.
Although Guinness World Records has not approved Wester's accomplishment yet, Wester's sponsor, Santa Cruz Skateboards, has verified that the paperwork is in the process.
"It's the record in the skate community right now, but will take 4 to 6 weeks for the paperwork to process," said Santa Cruz brand manager Andrew Cannon.
And he's not done yet.
"My goal is to be the fastest in the world," says Wester. "This is just the beginning."
Follow along with Wester's latest downhill exploits on Instagram.