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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  • Laura Hatwell

    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!

  • Mike1727


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

    Now, go and have several beers…

  • Antoinette

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

  • Scott Wayland

    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.


  • Steve Ruelle

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

  • ChrisJ

    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.


  • Karen

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

    What a wonderful thing!

  • Shirley

    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!



  • Robin Leypoldt

    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!


  • Rob Thomson Post author

    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.