Kyle Wester’s speed record of 143.89 kph announced just a day before L’Ultime Descente

Kyle Wester’s downhill skateboarding speed record announced just a day before L’Ultime Decscent

Just as the L’Ultime Descente race is about to happen tomorrow to set the new world record for various downhill disciplines, Santa Cruz Skateboards and Kyle Wester announced Kyle’s successful attempt to break the downhill skateboarding record by reaching the speed of 143.89 kph (89.41 mph).

I’m still trying to comprehend this because of the massive 13 kph difference from the previous record set by Erik Lundberg being 130.63 kph in Les Eboulements. I guess it’s hard to imagine matching that speed as the L’Ultime Descente track is only 1 km long and the top speed for downhill skateboarding stand-up is around 130 kph+.

The location of the road where Kyle did his run is unknown to the general public.

Check out the speed suit!

What is known and you can see in the video (or see the screenshots below) is that Kyle used some kind of a special speed suit he developed in order to be as aerodynamic as possible and to be able to achieve the maximum speed.

Previous speed records

Erik Lundberg set a world record (WGSA) in Les Eboulements (Canada), documented by Red Bull in May 2016. His descent was measured at 130.63 kph and with going faster by just 0.55 kph, he managed to beat Mischo Erban‘s record of 130.08 kph, witnessed back in 2010 on a road in Colorado, USA.

But Erik Lundberg’s speed record is not safe anymore, due to a new three-day event happening tomorrow, where 100 downhill skateboarders will try to beat it.

L’Ultime Descente, World Speed Record 2016

Until now setting new speed records was kind of a private endeavor with just the athlete and officials recording the stunts and preparing the documentation required to obtain the title.

L’Ultime Descente welcomes locals and visitors to Les Eboulements to witness top line downhill skateboarders, street luge skaters, in-line skaters, and soapbox 2.0 drivers, descending down this legendary road.

The event will take place this weekend, from September 9th till 11th. During the time of the event, the road will be closed for traffic every thirty minutes, where riders will be able to do their run from 8 am to 18 pm.  For more info follow their Facebook event page here.

L'Ultime Descente 2016

So far we haven’t noticed any public riders list, but we’ve done some research and Erik Lundberg is flying in to hold his record, as well as Max Ballesteros, Pete Connolly, Emily Pross, Adam Persson, and Mauritz Armfelt, just to name a few…

To give you a taste of the drop, here’s a photo showing the top speed section.

Route du Port in Les Éboulements. Photo by Norman Richard via Panoramio.
Route du Port in Les Éboulements. Photo by Norman Richard via Panoramio.

UPDATE: Pete Connolly in the Guinness World Records as the fastest downhill skateboarder

In 2018 Pete Connolly, the fastest downhill skateboarder in the ”stand-up skateboard” category at L’Ultime Descente, got his record confirmed by the Guinness World Records, making his mark in the history of downhill skateboarding.

Mischo Erban sets a speed record with NGV electric skateboard

NGV - Next Boards - Electric Skateboard

Lately we’ve seen many electric skateboards hitting the markets worldwide. Without any doubt, I think that they do have a bright future as a form of a “green” and a fun way of travelling around the city.

While other electric skateboards developers and manufacturers focus more on achieving longer distances by limiting the maximum speed and power of their products, NGV – Next Generation Vehicles from Slovenia decided to take it a completely opposite way.

Still under development

NGV’s Next Board electric skateboard is still in a development stage and it doesn’t look as nice as some other similar products, it’s look definitely needs some more attention.

Next Board electric skateboard drive
Next Board electric skateboard drive

It features 4×4 in-wheel drive, which is not so common with other electric skateboards. Powered by a 6-cell lithium-polymer 22.2-volt 8,000-mAh battery pack located under the Murksli deck and controlled with handheld remote, Next Board can reach up to 15 km with a moderate speed. Comparing to other e-skateboards which fully charged usually reach a distance of up to 40 km, this might sound as a bit “too short”, but this issue is definitely something that NGV team will address soon enough.

NGV Electric skateboard with handheld remote control
NGV Electric skateboard with handheld remote control

NGV’s vision

According to Toni Dernovšek (Next Board developer), Next Board should be available in 2 or 4 wheel drive and different power options. Final price of the product will depend on it’s components, such as trucks, deck, battery capacity etc. Price range will be somewhere between 1.500 – 4.000 eur, depending on the model.

He says, that their electric skateboard was not planned as a transportation vehicle but more as an upgrade to existing professional skateboards. Their vision exceeds the usual use of electric skateboards as they want to see it being used for competitions in all kinds of skateboarding disciplines, such as downhill racing, slalom, freestyle and similar.

The most powerful electric skateboard

While it doesn’t have the looks and the longest distance reach it sure is a beast when it comes to the power and maximum speed which you can pull out of it.

NGV Next Board electric skateboard complete
NGV Next Board electric skateboard complete

I had the chance to try it out in the beginning of this summer, probably hitting somewhere near 50 km/h – apparently it was set to only half of it’s power. Very impressed with it, I would brag about it to my friends telling them that this board will race with the speed up to 100km/h. A common sceptical reaction was; “Yeah, right…”. Not long after, NGV announced that they will try to set a world speed record with their electric skateboard.

The fastest electric skateboard

NGV hooked up with Mischo Erban (Guinness world record holder for fastest speed on skateboard), confident that his downhill skateboarding skills are going to help them accomplish a highest score possible. They were right.

NGV electric skateboard drive mounted on Ronin trucks
NGV electric skateboard drive mounted on Ronin trucks

It was supposed to happen today, on Thursday 29th, 2015, but due to a bad weather forecast they decided to do it two days earlier. This timeline change resulted with some of us not being able to be there and witness the event which was held on Portorož airport in Slovenia on Tuesday, 27th.

Official top speed 95,83 km/h

Apparently, a day earlier the top speed Mischo did on the Next Board was 113 km/h! However, on the official measurement event the top speed was 95,83 km/h. There you have it, officially the fastest electric skateboard! Congratulations to everyone involved 🙂

* Click on a photo to play the video

Downgrade or Upgrade?

Electric skateboards are still skateboards, but they have very little to do with the “sport” which we love so much – downhill skateboarding. While some people are passionate about such tech upgrades, other think that they downgrade the essence of skateboarding.

Have your say

Is electric skateboard something that you would use or would you rather keep on pushing? Leave a comment, tell us how you fill about it.