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May 7th, 2009 | categorizilation: all categories,Arrival Home,New Zealand,Post-2008

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It has been a long time coming, but today I got this email from Guinness World Records in New York:

Hi Rob!

All fine here and I have good news!

The record has been accepted and this is the text to appear in the certificate, but let me know if there is amendment to make (I just received an email from the RMT department):

“The longest journey by skateboard was 12,159 km (7,555miles) and was completed by Rob Thomson (New Zealand) starting in Lausanne, Switzerland on 28 June 2007 and finishing in Shanghai, China, on 28 September 2008.”

Check the dates and so…

Let me know! And congrats!


So there you have it.


Extremely stoked.


Just goes to proove that even every-day people can get world records too.

I’ll hold back any other comments until I have the actual certificate in my hands…but there you go.

Icing on the cake.

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Comment by Laura Hatwell — May 7, 2009 @ 3:18 pm | post a comment

From a girl who had a hand in setting the last record, to the man who single handedly – and both footedly (!) did it all by himself this time around, and in such amazing style: congratulations Rob! You have my best regards and I'm all smiles for you here.

The certificate does not make the man – the certificate merely is fortunate enough to supplement the unshakeable impression the man made on the worlds he pushed through. You changed things, Rob.

Now go and have a frickin' beer!

Comment by Kirk — May 7, 2009 @ 3:22 pm | post a comment

Congratulations Rob! Take a picture of your certificate for us when you get it!

Comment by Mike1727 — May 7, 2009 @ 5:33 pm | post a comment


At last, recognition of th emiles and imls and…adventures. Well done mate.

Now, go and have several beers…

Comment by Peter Parnes — May 7, 2009 @ 11:26 pm | post a comment

Woohoo!!! Congratulations! Well deserved!


Comment by Antoinette — May 8, 2009 @ 1:14 am | post a comment

Congrats. This is awesome especially as you did not set out to achieve this but merely to have fun. Well deserved.

Comment by maki — May 8, 2009 @ 5:57 am | post a comment


Comment by kathy o — May 8, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | post a comment


Comment by Chris — May 8, 2009 @ 4:14 pm | post a comment

Top job! You are an inspiration!

Comment by Rene — May 8, 2009 @ 9:35 pm | post a comment

Yeeeeeeehaaawwww!!!! You are so friggin awesome. Congrats.

Comment by marcCO — May 9, 2009 @ 6:36 am | post a comment


Comment by Scott Wayland — May 9, 2009 @ 5:17 pm | post a comment

Well done. Now you can bet blokes at the pub about how far and who did the world's longest distance on a skate board—and win every time with bullet proof evidence.

I'll hoist a malt beverage recovery drink to you and your achievement.


Comment by Eoin — May 10, 2009 @ 7:55 am | post a comment

Fantastic news – do they send you any free Guinness?

Comment by Steve Ruelle — May 10, 2009 @ 9:03 am | post a comment

Congratulations! As I said before, you're my hero, and a major inspiration. I second the comments about having a beer.

Comment by ChrisJ — May 11, 2009 @ 6:08 am | post a comment

Awesome news Rob.

Congratulations and congratulations again.

Be sure to show us a picture of the certificate when you get it in hand.

Icing on the cake indeed!

Never thought I would personally know a Guiness World Record holder.


Comment by Keith Winnersh — May 12, 2009 @ 12:37 pm | post a comment

Inspirational. Congrats mate.

Comment by Karen — May 12, 2009 @ 2:23 pm | post a comment

Thank you for including us on your journey. And please post a photo of the certificate once you have it.

What a wonderful thing!

Comment by ChrisJ — May 14, 2009 @ 9:18 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

Just a quick link here to a cool time lapse video of a guy who walked across China.

At first I thought it was you for some reason!


Hope all is well.

Comment by Jessi — May 14, 2009 @ 5:17 pm | post a comment


Comment by Aunty Les — May 15, 2009 @ 9:25 pm | post a comment

Great news, Rob. I suppose that means you'll be in the 2010 published Guinness book of records.

Comment by sunny — June 17, 2009 @ 4:50 am | post a comment

Congratulations, Rob-san!!!

Looking forward to seeing you sometime again in Japan.

Comment by Shirley — August 11, 2009 @ 7:52 am | post a comment

A HUGE congratulations Rob !!! Wonderful to hear that you will go down in history for all your amazing efforts!

Hard to believe that it's over 2 years since I saw you in Milan on the recumbent and during that time I have been in Japan for 2 years (APU Admissions Office!) and have now returned to Europe to start a Master's in Germany this autumn.

Anyway, I'm sure they will throw that scholarship at you, so good luck in your Master's studies too, back in Japan!



Comment by Robin Leypoldt — September 16, 2009 @ 7:36 pm | post a comment

you have noe idea how bad and glad i`l feel about taking avay your record in about a year!

i think that after i do it people will still see you as the pioner and legend who did it first, i`m actualy hoping they are caus i alway will! but i hope you know how big an inspiration you are man. you realy have a place in my book. as you said. its proof that an every day man can acoplish somthing huge and cool if they just dear to try and set your mind in to it!

im hoping we can share a pice of aspahlt somday man! i really really do!


Comment by Rob Thomson — September 16, 2009 @ 10:35 pm | post a comment

Hi Robin,

I am on the edge of my seat waiting for you to get going on your trip. You've got my full support and I can't wait to see the images and stories from your time on the road.

Records are there to be broken, and long distance skateboarding records are there to inspire others to embark on epic adventures so that we can all enjoy the excitement and diversity of this amazing planet we live on.


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