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8 Extreme (And Extremely Weird) Ski and Snowboard World Records
You don’t have to be an all-star like Shaun White to pull off a world record. Yes, he was the youngest gold medal winner ever at the Winter X Games, but you don’t need a snowboard-filled Big Bear California upbringing to get in the record books. You can always accidentally ski off a 107 m cliff, or cram 10 people on a snowboard, like these people:
Highest Cliff Jump (intentional)
Jamie Pierre's 245 ft (75 m) jump in Grand Targhee, Wyoming. This is awesome not only because of the height, but also because he landed on his head and didn't get hurt.
Highest Cliff Jump (unintentional)
While filming a ski movie, Norwegian freestyler Fred Syversen dropped off the wrong cliff. He was supposed jump off a much smaller cliff for the grand finale, but instead fell 107 metres and landed on his head (sense a theme here?). Rescuers found him unconscious and buried under 2.5 metres of snow, but he managed to wake up and ski to the rescue helicopter. His only injury was minor liver damage.
At the 2007 Oakley Arctic Challenge in Norway, Terje Håkonsen set a new record with his 9.8 m (32.1 ft) backside 360 method.
Largest Snowboard Overall
The largest snowboard measured 10 m (32 ft 9.7 in) long and 2.15 m (7 ft) wide and was manufactured by Arnold Schindler and his team from Schindler and Scheibling AG in Flumserberg, Switzerland.
Darren Powell is the fastest snowboarder in the world, setting a record of 201.907 km/h at Les Arcs, FRance on May 2, 1999.
Longest Rail Grind
The longest rail grind on a snowboard is 66 m (219 ft) by Alejandro Benito (Spain) at the Madrid SnowZone in Madrid, Spain.
Longest Distance Towed on a Snowboard
Jason Buchanan stood on a snowboard towed by a snowmobile for 100 meters, making it one of the lamest world records ever. One hundred metres? That's it? Really?
A 36-foot snowboard from Jackson Hole, Wyonming. But don't get any ideas about building your own--it's trademarked, and an LA producer is interested in the movie rights.