Friends, Jesper Tjäder has gone and done it. He just smashed Tom Wallisch’s long-standing record for longest rail slide on skis, and my mind is completely blown…
For context, Wallisch broke the internet when he set the record back in 2016 when he slid 424 feet on a sketchy rail at Seven Springs Resort, PA. That video is still impressive as hell, but Tjäder just obliterated that record.
Tjäder slid 506 feet (154.49m) at his home resort Åre, Sweden.
Red Bull was there to film Tjäder’s 127 attempts. Check it out!
I love that Tjäder shouts out Wallisch, and that Red Bull brought on YouTuber SteepSteep to provide commentary for the event.
That dude has been a funny voice for skiing on the internet for half a decade, and it’s awesome to see him get his time to shine on the big stage.
Red Bull Snow: “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 favourite 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.” says 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 meter (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 5:23pm 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.”