San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
SAE Institute San Francisco Audio Technology Program student Brendon Davis set a new world record for the longest stationary skateboard manual. Davis’ time was 19 minutes and 39.56 seconds, which improved upon the previous record by more than 250%. Davis’ feat took place at Society Skate Shop in San Carlos, California.
“The record was verified by Narbe Vagharshakian, the owner of Society Skate Shop,” says Davis, who trained for over a year to prepare for the event. “A surveyor was on-premises to measure the ground and make sure its flatness was 1/1000 gradient, and there were two people running stop watches. It was quite a scene, and it’s awesome to hold the world record.”
Davis grew up in Redwood, CA. He began skateboarding in 1996 when he was 11 years old, and as his passion for the sport grew, he racked up quite a few injuries.
“I’ve broken my tailbone, all of my fingers, and I once broke my wrist and my foot on the same night,” says Davis, who graduated from Aurora High School in Redwood City, CA in 2004. “There was never a time that my legs didn’t look like the Northern Lights from all the beatings they took. But that’s the life of a skateboarder and it’s something you’re forced to get used to.”
Along with skateboarding, Davis was also passionate about music. A career counselor recommended that he pursue an education in audio engineering, and after comparing the alternatives, Davis chose to attend SAE’s campus in San Francisco.
“During my initial tour of SAE, I found the staff to be really friendly,” says Davis. “When I began my classes, the faculty also proved to be patient and extremely helpful. My classmates are great, the curriculum is just right, and the equipment is top-of-the-line.”
Davis dedicated his skateboarding feat to his family’s close friend Curtis Suckut, who died in 2012. Suckut trained pro athletes and Olympians, and integrated a balance board into his clients’ fitness regimens.
“I learned how to master the balance board quickly, and Curtis told me how I could apply this skill to my skateboarding,” says Davis. “It changed my entire approach, and it wasn’t long before I became more comfortable on two wheels instead of four. Having the ability to balance this way made me realize that pursuing the world record in stationary skateboard manual wasn’t just possible, it was actually achievable.”
Davis will be graduating from SAE’s Audio Technology Program in December ‘14. He plans to seek guidance from SAE’s career services department and to access SAE’s network of international alumni - many of whom are leaders in film, television, gaming, and music production - to pursue a full-time engineering job.
“I’ll go wherever the work is,” says Davis. “I have dreams and big goals, and relocating or not is all part of the adventure. I’ll also keep skateboarding as long as my legs will let me.”