Rick Pronk joins the 300+ milers, and New Women’s World Records set!
Magic happened at the Dutch Ultraskate 2016. More to come soon.
Rick Pronk nearly ties Andy’s 309.5-mile record! Technically it was the length of the laps of the track that kept him from “officially” being tied, as there were several minutes left on the clock.
Rosanna de Lange, new Women’s World Record Ultraskater – 221 miles!!
New 4-man Team World Record from the Vandra boys. 318.7 miles!!
300-mile barrier smashed at Miami Ultraskate 2016!!
Andy Andras (309 mi) and Eric Palmer (305 mi)
Eric Palmer’s Blog / Nutrition Plan for Ultra 2016
Ultraskate 200+ Mile Club World Rankings
Ultraskate Women & Team World Rankings
Dutch Ultraskate 2015 – Video by Bas Postema
Going back to 2007…
24-hour Ultraskaters push a new envelope in distance skateboarding, cramming epic mileage into the span of a single weekend.
Its simplicity is key. All that one needs to Ultraskate is
- a skateboard
- 24-hours of free time
- a measured course that’s reasonably safe to skate all night, and
- the burning desire to skate!
Ultraskating is one of the most accessible, inclusive uber-distance skateboard challenges, which doesn’t require quitting one’s job, abandoning the family, or a trust fund budget to commit. And its rewards are as personal and varied as the eclectic group of people who are drawn to it.
The world’s first skateboard-specific Ultraskate event took place in May of 2007. James Peters drummed up donations for LIVESTRONG, and this first record attempt was made mainly to draw attention to the charity by establishing a recognized Guinness World Record.
Before this Ultra, only three other 24-hour skateboard attempts are known, one as part of an inline skate event by Romain Bessiere of France, and the other two (Greece-1983 and France-1978) still require more digging and are mentioned on the Pavedwave forum here.
After the 2nd solo attempt in Seattle later that year, plus a little media coverage, the event started capturing the eyes of other skaters, and by spring of 2008, Eric Lowell flew up from Texas to join in the 3rd Ultraskate, where he logged a solid 187 miles and supported James beyond the 200-mile mark.
That “200” number triggered a simian instinct in Barefoot Ted McDonald, who at the time was observing us from the sidelines. Being a seasoned ultrarunner and born-again skater, he returned a couple months later to knock out an astounding 242 mile skate, a record that held fast for a full year. The Canadian Paul Kent’s trip to Seattle paid off a year later, as he pushed his way past Ted by another 8 miles, thus setting the bar at a formidable 250 miles + some change.
All the first records were set in Seattle, at the Greenlake park 2.8-mile loop, and sometimes linked with the Burke-Gilman 50-mile round trip path to keep things interesting.
During these formative years, organized Ultraskates also caught on in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and many other areas of the US. The early synchronized ultraskates were “by design” – since the number of skaters willing to throw down 24 hours straight was expected to be quite low, James would post the ultraskate plans in advance on silverfishlongboarding, ncdsa, and pavedwave forum, either synching start times or at least roughly competing with each other on the same weekend, around the globe.
Conan Isaac Gay from Eugene OR had heard of Barefoot Ted’s 242-mile record, and took up the challenge in a traditional solo effort. He had just a few supporters and almost no media coverage. He also wasn’t aware of the original rule of the Ultra which excluded having a gravitational advantage (in order to make the event competitive worldwide) so he designed his course to include coming down a miles-long hill before finishing the remaining day of skating. Ultimately, he reached 221 miles which is established as the one and only “gravity based” ultraskate record – and he has since crushed that record multiple times over on the flats! Conan is a huge advocate of distance skateboard racing and hosted a highly successful, IDSA-sanctioned 5k / 10k race event in 2016, attended by skateboarders across the US.
Jo Coles’ notable 2010 charity for Haiti, dubbed “Skaiti”, brought quad skaters into the mix, and was held at the famous Top Gear track near London, where women like Jo and Laura Hatwell added their names to the 100+ mile list.
Back when we could still count the number of ultraskates on hands and toes, Ultraskate #12 may have been the biggest in terms of synchronized countries: The Netherlands, UK, Australia, and the US all threw down on the same weekend in 2010.
The landscape was clearly changing, with young skaters from the Netherlands making up nearly 1/3rd of the “200-mile club” and totaling well over 100 skaters who surpassed the 100-mile mark. From early on the Dutch have made a huge mark in the Ultraskate, building community, spreading stoke, making courses fully legit with pro timing systems, and filling up the records with amazing mileage. But the photo albums after their races capture what is really happening over there – positive vibes and killer events.
Worldwide skaters continued challenging themselves and besting their previous times, which goes straight to the soul of the Ultraskate. Yet none had yet crested that elusive 250-mile mark.
Until “La Maquina” aka THE MACHINE came along. Andrew Andras, no stranger to extreme endurance events in his free time and even on the job (a Miami firefighter by trade) set the new stage for what it takes to strategize, prepare, and perform each minute of those 24 hours. In 2013 he finally bested Kent’s record with a 261.8-mile Ultra on the Miami Homestead speedway, leaving everyone in awe.
But none could have guessed what came a year later. Andy The Machine lived up to his name and crushed his own mark, with an incredible 283.2 miles. And at the same 2014 event, Claudia Clase threw down the women’s new stake in the ground with an incredible 194 miles, upsetting the previous record by Colleen Pelech.
In summer of 2015 The Netherlands crew hosted one of the biggest Ultras to date, and bumped the top slot up to be shared by two incredible endurance athletes — Rick Pronk and Andy Andras tying for a finish and World Record of 285.7 miles! And in that year of repeats, Claudia Clase once again bested her previous record AND joined the 200-mile club, with a formidable 202.94 miles other women will now have to strive for.
Covered on SkateSlate! http://www.skateslate.com/blog/2015/08/05/new-ultraskate-long-distance-push-world-record/
Standup Paddlers made a show of force that promises to continue in the years ahead, with guys like DeeJay Pascua joining the 200-mile club strictly by paddle.
The scene has evolved. Who knows what is coming next?
Best way to find out:
- February 2015 – Miami Ultraskate Homestead Speedway
- July 2015 – Dutch Ultraskate
- Dutch Distance Skaters Website
- September 2015 – Ruapuna New Zealand Ultraskate
- February 2016 – Miami Ultraskate
- June 2016 – Dutch Ultraskate
Experience the Ultraskate – Will Frank’s Interview after Miami 2014 Ultra
Ruapuna 24-Hour UltraSkate, New Zealand
Date: 0800 Sunday 25th September to 0800 Monday 26th September 2011.
Location: Powerbuilt Raceway @ Ruapuna Park, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Event: 24 hour skate for charity.
HOLLAND ULTRASKATE – The Strong Survived
Concrete Wave answers the question: