Fastest Skater on Earth
Mischo Erban is legendary in the tiny world of "gravity sports." The two main gravity sports, as sanctioned by the International Gravity Sports Association, are street luge racing and downhill skateboard racing. Erban is a champion downhiller, a sport that requires fearlessness in the face of dangerous speeds, hairpin turns and skull-cracking asphalt.
The stunt that Erban pulled off on September 31, 2010, required a whole different level of fearlessness. Protected by nothing more than a leather bodysuit and helmet, Erban rocketed down a steep Canadian mountain road to set a new world record for skateboarding speed: 80.74 mph (130 kph). Other skaters have broken 90 mph (144.8 kph) when pulled by another vehicle, but Erban was the first to achieve such speeds unassisted, using nothing but gravity and four well-greased wheels [source: Hamm].
Erban has his sights set on the Holy Grail of downhill: 100 mph (161 kph). Believing he has reached the limits of road racing, Erban is looking for a generous benefactor who will build a special downhill course precisely for reaching maximum speeds.