We know Quebec well for its maple syrup, poutine and fresh mountain air, but the French Canadian province also has a more sprightly side, renewing our neighbor to the north's status in the athletic arena from time to time as well. This month, it's BC native Mischo Erban, who broke a Guinness World Record for the "fastest skateboard speed from a standing position" with a 129.94 km/h (80.74 mph) downhill run. Better yet, Erban caught the record-breaking journey with his custom-built Recon heads-up display / camera combo mounted inside a rather beastly jet-black helmet. The Android-powered HUD theoretically enabled Erban to know he broke the record before he even came to a stop, while also motivating him to keep pushing as he approached that 130 kilometers-per-hour top speed. There's no way to replicate the feeling of flying down a hill aboard a skateboard at 80 miles-per-hour without hopping on some wheels of your own, but you can get a taste of the action in the new record holder's POV video after the break.
Mischo Erban sets the Guinness World Record for fastest skateboard speed at 129.94 km/h (80.74mph)
MOUNT ÉBOULEMENTS, QC – June 20, 2012 Recon Instruments, award winning innovator of Heads-up Display (HUD) technology, is excited to announce that World Champion downhill skateboarder, Mischo Erban, 28, has broken the Guinness world record, achieving the fastest skateboard speed from a standing position while wearing a custom made Heads-up Display. The groundbreaking HUD prototype built by Recon Instruments provided Erban with real time readings of his speed, distance, time, navigation and more during his record breaking attempt.
Erban obtained the speed of 129.94 km/h (80.74 mph) shattering the previous Guinness World Record, which had stood at 113 km/h (70.21mph) achieved by Douglas da Silva (Brazil), at Teutonia, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on October 20, 2007.
The prototype HUD used for the record was custom built by Recon Instruments and features an innovative gooseneck design giving Erban maximum flexibility to set the display in the most unobtrusive, optimum position, just above or below his eye line. Like Recon's award winning HUD for alpine goggles, this custom display is also modular, allowing him the ability to use the HUD within either of his aero helmets during the attempt, as it features a clip that slots around the foam supports on the interior of his helmets.
Picking up the sport in 2003, Erban has since raced all around the World and has always strived to push the boundaries of just how fast he can go. On breaking the World record Erban stated, "Getting the official Guinness world record is huge. It's the culmination of 2 years hard work and planning, and I'm totally stoked".
"Having Recon on board with me, breaking this record, it's insane. When I first found out about Recon's technology, I thought that somebody had read my mind. With their tech I have been able to eliminate any inaccuracies when training, racing and now, breaking records".
"With this amazing HUD I can see all my vital stats in real time, on screen, and combine this info with what I'm feeling on my board. From here I know instantly whether I can push to go faster," he said.
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