LADs Broke Guinness World Record Travelling Across Texas On Electric Skateboards For Charity
Two mates have broken the world record for skateboarding across Texas, travelling through two tornadoes and getting chased by farm dogs.
Meet Dwayne Kelly and Dan Roduner - the two blokes who decided to travel over 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) on electric skateboards.
The pair had always wanted to break a Guinness World Record - or set one at least - so they had their transportation made and off they went for 12 days.
Speaking to LADbible, Dan, 27, explained: "Mum always bought me the Guinness book every year. I got very close to cracking the record when I was younger with a rogue nipple hair, it was 12.5cm long and 2.5 cm off the record at the time. She got ripped out in a 'wrestle' with an ex-girlfriend.
"Knowing that I could challenge myself and help others were the main motivators. I think Dwayne and I both have an abnormal amount of energy which was a big help."
Dwayne, 31 (and admittedly 'old enough to know better'), added: "Our friend, Anasiou, is a closet engineer and loves electric skateboards. He asked me if I thought I could ride a board he'd designed across Texas.
"I'm an idiot, and perhaps had consumed more than a few beers, so I said yes. Then he just kind of use good old-fashioned peer pressure of the course of a couple of months to hold me to it."
The daft duo, who are originally from Australia, decided that they would challenge themselves and also raise money for Melanoma Patients Australia - a charity close to both of them.
Dan, a Swiss-based electrician, said: "In July 2004 my uncle was diagnosed with Melanoma cancer which over a year spread through his body aggressively and his health deteriorated. He died on 30 July 2005. At the time there weren't a lot of treatments or support for families. MPA helps a great deal with both issues."
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They set up a JustGiving page, have raised over AUS $1,800 (USD $1,235/£937) and don't regret a thing. Well, apart from getting caught in a tornado and lightning storm...
Reminiscing on the challenge, Dwayne, an advertising strategy director who lives in New York, said: "We weren't conditioned to be on a boards for an extended period of time. Also, we had technical issues every day-including a break down after six miles.
"[We were] trapped in a ditch while a Tornado hit the ground about two to three miles in front of us. Lightning was simultaneously striking all around us. Dan and I started singing songs to calm down, but could only think of lightning related songs - 'Lightning Crashes' by Live and 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC are two examples."
Dan added: "Yep, the second tornado caught us off guard completely, I went into survival mode and moved all of the electrical devices away from us and came back to big spoon Dwayne-o.
"The best moment was coming out of that second tornado. It was a massive relief. Crossing that finish line was amazing too. And obviously we celebrated in the most appropriate way... a no pants dance party." Why the hell not?!
But did they learn anything from being stood on (and sat on) skateboards for 12 days straight?
"Texas is a big state," said Dwayne. "The people are very accommodating. Oil fields are terrifying. Compression socks are a top-five invention of all time. Be careful what you say around your friends-they might hold you to it."
Dan advised: "Always say yes to the weird ideas, take you on the most abnormal adventures. Chose your team wisely."
Well done, LADs.
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