Skateboarder aims high for third Guinness record

Posted: July 3, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Boarding, Skate boarding
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Eric Carlin is at it again. When he gets on top of a skateboard, records seem to fall.

Carlin brought fame to Hunters Lane again Tuesday when he apparently topped the Guinness World Record’s mark for the most 180-degree ollies in one minute.

The record was 17, he said. He did 25.

It’s the third Guinness skateboarding record Carlin said he has broken — a hat trick that earned him hugs from his parents, high-fives from his buddies, and congratulations from neighbors on the long, slightly sloping street, an ideal track.

Carlin, 20, took up the sport only six years ago. He set the record for the most ollies — jumping and landing the skateboard — in a row when he totaled 242 in July 2011, he said. Then, he broke the record for the most ollies in one minute, 44, in January 2012.

This time, it was the most 180-degree ollies in one minute. It involved jumping up and turning the skateboard the opposite direction before landing. He did it 25 times.

“You’re happy, since he’s won other records. It makes him feel good,” said his father, Edward.

“I feel very proud. He works very hard. He plans it all out. There’s a lot of paperwork involved,” said his mother, Eileen.

Carlin graduated from Lenape High School and is now a student at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, majoring in literature.

He likes skateboarding because “you feel so free,” he said. “It’s the only thing you focus on.”

Carlin’s cousins, brothers Dan and Nick Iannone of Evesham, and a group of friends documented the ollies as Carlin performer them along his street while a stopwatch kept time. Luckily, no car needed to pass by. He will send Guinness witness statements as well as film of his 25 ollies.

“I think it’s awesome,” said his friend Vince DeSanto of Mount Laurel.

“Wild!” added Tim Rodier, also of Mount Laurel.

Carlin expects to hear from the book publisher in about six weeks that the record stands.

“I get a certificate,” he said. Guinness could not be reached for comment.

Neighbors Kelly Cariello and Sally DiDomenico said Carlin was “a great kid.”

“He took the time to sign my son’s Guinness Book of World Records. He urged my son — ‘Do what you do best,’ ” DiDomenico said.

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