It began with a simple goal: to successfully obtain an untouched title in the Guinness Book of World Records. But it would require riding an electric skateboard for 225 miles in less than a single day.
22-year-old Atlanta resident Eric Decker was up for the challenge. He reached out to the one person he knew of that would be willing to join him: his 19-year-old cousin, Jack.
“I said, ‘Here’s what I want to do. I’ll pay for your plane ticket there. All you have to do is drive a car for 24 hours and hold a camera.’ He thought I was crazy but agreed to do it,” he said.
Armed with a board, a rental car and two extended-range batteries, the Deckers aimed to travel 10 miles at a time – Eric on his electric board, and Jack warily following him in a trusty silver Ford Fiesta. Neither were certain how they would be able to accomplish the task – all they knew was that they had to do it.
Last week, he started the journey in San Francisco and documented his travels in a YouTube video. It has since garnered just over 3,000 views.
“This requires inhuman amounts of energy. I have no idea how to acquire that kind of energy,” Jack mused aloud in the video. “Do I buy a 24-pack of Red Bull and just be absolutely blown out?”
The two agreed that as little preparation as possible was key – if they planned too much, they might chicken out. “Even though my GPS was taking me down a designated route for bikes, I realized the roads weren’t built for bikes or skateboards whatsoever. I worried about getting hit,” he said.
At one point, he was forced to skate along the edge of a highway. “People were honking and screaming at me, but I didn’t have a choice” The rest of the trip – sleep-deprivation, sunburn, and all – still felt like a dream. As he cruised through the final mile, he watched the mountains, trees and cliffs breeze by in a blur.
Looking back, Eric describes the trip as equal parts “dangerous, difficult and demoralizing,” as well as “beautiful and the most exhilarating.” He hopes others are encouraged to chase similar adrenaline-pumping pursuits.
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