A lot of people had a skater phase during their teenage years when they tried to be the next Tony Hawk, spending all of their afternoons trying to be an expert doing ollies with their friends. Then, when they grow up, this hobby becomes just a part of their past.
That is not the case with 34-year-old David Tavernor, who is a pro skater who accepted a bet for 5 pounds that caused him to be the most recent Guinness World Record holder.
Back on August 21st, David was challenged to do as many consecutive ollies as he could. He accepted and the exhibition took place in the Delta Four Skatepark in Norwich, where he was filmed doing 323 nonstop ollies.
Ollies are one of the most popular skateboarding tricks, but they can be really tiring and challenging after doing a few of them, and it needs a lot of practice to master them. The ollie is considered one of the main skateboard acrobatics, once you learn one of these, you are able to do most of the other tricks.
It only took David 15 minutes to achieve this shocking number, but he had to wait a few weeks before the record was officially given to him. The record hasn’t been beaten since 2018, and it was for 302 ollies.
Once David got the email saying “We are thrilled to inform you that your application for most consecutive ollies has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder.”, he was so excited that he showed it to everyone he knew.
But what is crazier than the number of ollies that David did, is the fact that he has arthritis. He was diagnosed six years ago due to terrible pain in his hips area, but this wasn’t an obstacle to achieving his very awaited title.
He has been skating since he was 12 years old, but it wasn’t until early this year when he decided to be a part of skate history. He mentioned this to a close friend, who thought it was too ambitious of David, and told him that he would give him 5 pounds if he accomplished it.
David was happy to give his 2-year-old son something to be proud of while teaching him that all of his dreams could be possible if he works hard. If you are a fan of these types of stunts you should watch David Tavernor’s incredible video.