Swedish freeskier Jesper Tjäder set his sights on breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest rail grind on skis, which was previously held by legendary freeskier Tom Wallish. Now, after six years and 127 attempts, Tjäder wrote freeskiing history by smashing Wallish’s record after completing a rail measuring 154,49 meters, aka 506 feet and 28 inches.
Let your favorite YouTube host @steepsteep take you backstage as the Olympic Bronze medalist sets grind the world’s longest metal pipe in Åre, Sweden.
“Being the official Guinness World Record holder feels pretty cool. I have dreamt about it since I was a kid. This rail was a hard challenge, and my guess was that it would take about 525 attempts, but it went way easier than I expected.”
– Jesper Tjäder
Earlier in May, work began in Stendalen in Åre, Sweden, to build and implement the world’s longest rail. After the just over 162 meters (531 feet) long metal rail was in place, it took three days and 127 attempts until the new Guinness World Record was a fact, 154.49 meters or 506 feet 10.28 inches, on May 9th at 5:23 pm CEST. Tjäder jumped on the rail at a speed of about 77 kilometers per hour (47.85 mph) and landed with the leading ski on the rail eight meters in.