Swedish freestyle skier Jesper Tjäder has set an epic new Guinness World Record in the category “Longest rail grind on skis” by completing 154.49 metres (506 feet, 10.3 inches) down a long metal pipe in Åre, Sweden.
Tjäder has enjoyed a prolific career in competition with a 2022 Olympic slopestyle bronze medal from Beijing and a 2013–14 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup slopestyle title to his name.
He is even better known for his creative filming projects between big competitions such as Unrailistic, Unrailistic 2.0 and most recently The Game Show, which all pushed new freeskiing boundaries.
The idea for this project was born six years ago when Tjäder found out that the American freeskier Tom Wallisch had set a new world record in riding the longest rail at 129.2 metres (424 feet).
The 28-year-old from Östersund said: “I have done a lot of tricks on rails before, but never near such a long rail as this. I felt like that would be a good mission to have, and when Tom Wallisch set the record it looked insane to me. So, I thought, ‘I have to try and do that’.”
Earlier in May, work began at Stendalen in Åre, Sweden, to build and implement the world’s longest rail with the just over 162 metres (531 feet) long metal rail eventually put in place for Tjäder.
It took him three days and 127 attempts to land the new Guinness World Record of 154.49 metres (506 feet, 10.28 inches) on May 9 at 5.23pm CEST as he jumped on the rail at a speed of about 77 kilometres per hour (47.85 mph) and landed with the leading ski on the rail eight metres in.
Tjäder added: “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.”
The evidence for the new Guinness World Records consisted of:
- A full video of measuring process
- Proof of the surveyors’ qualifications
- A comprehensive surveyor report after the attempt
- Two independent expert witnesses on location at all attempts, and their individual witness statements, plus certificates within their expertises.
- Video evidence
- Cover Letter
- Photographic Evidence
Header image: Jesper Tjäder slides the worlds longest rail in Åre, Sweden on May 9, 2022. Picture credit: Judith Bergström / Red Bull Content Pool