Hlynur Gunnarsson is believed to have set a new world record in holding the balance on two wheels on a skateboard, so-called stationery manual, in front of a big crowd at the store Brim in Kringlan, Reykjavík, yesterday. He held the balance for 7:59 minutes.
Skateboarders on Ingólfstorg in Reykjavík. Photo by ESA.
Gunnarsson first set the world record in stationary manual in December 2010. “I had been thinking for a long time that I wanted to be in the Guinness World Records,” he told Morgunbladid. “I found out that the world record was 49.09 seconds and figured I could beat that.”
So he decided to give it a try on December 18 last year and succeeded in holding the balance for 3:05 minutes. However, in January 2011 the record was broken by American Adam Zisa, who beat Gunnarsson’s time by 1:50 minutes.
“He got his world record recognized before I did. […] I didn’t even get the chance to see my name on the Guinness website,” Gunnarsson said, hoping that he gets to hold the new world record for a little longer and is excitedly waiting for his certificate.
His father, Gunnar Martin Úlfsson, actually made it to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989 when he sailed almost the entire distance between Reykjavík and Akranes on a Viking boat made from newspapers.