Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Two Guinness World Records™ have been made on the real snow at SNO!zone, Xscape Milton Keynes. The records were clinched for the longest rail slide on skis and a snowboard when distances for over 36 metres were reached.
With the youngest competitor of 7, and the oldest being 58, there was a wide range of skill and ability in the qualifying rounds. 15 boarders and 11 skiers then went through to the final to attempt a Guinness World Record™ on the mammoth 52.5m rail!
The Guinness ‘one attempt rule’ seemed to put everyone under pressure in the boarding round until Damian Doyle, a snowboarding instructor from SNO!zone Castleford, stepped up……..with out much hesitation Damo stomped the rail with a massive slide of 39m 30cm! Much to the disappointment of many of the competitors Damo seemed to have runaway with the World Record, the closest slide after this was Jack Shackleton with a slide of 23m.
Next up were the skiers. With only 11 in the final the Skiers seemed less affected by the pressure for the World Record and there were several who came up with big slides including Charlie Smith, Max Alden and Ted Foster. Tension was high while they waited for the results, in the end Charlie Smith got it with a slide of 36.2m!
Arnaud Palu, Managing Director of SNO!zone comments: “I am delighted that two Guinness World Records ™ were made at SNO!zone over the weekend. It was the first event of its type in the world and proved to be a huge success which I am very proud of. Congratulations to Charlie and Damo and also everyone who took part in this challenging event!”
Both Charlie and Damo received a cash prize sponsored by Snozone Ltd and Document Magazine.