Longest journey by skateboard
Robert Thomson
12159 kilometre(s)
China Global,,From Switzerland to China

The longest journey by skateboard was 12,159 km (7,555 miles) and was completed by Rob Thomson (New Zealand) starting in Leysin, Switzerland on 24 June 2007 and finishing in Shanghai, China, on 28 September 2008. The attempt was part of a longer trip iof 20,000 Kms ncluding legs by bicycle, sailing, rafts, train around the world, but only the skateboarding part, which was the last part of the journey was counted for the record.

Began in Leysin, Switzerland on the 24th June 2007. Travelled 1,541km through Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, and England to end at Trafalgar Square, London, on the 4th Aug 2007. In my mind, this leg was to be the decider as to whether or not I would continue travelling by skateboard. If travelling by skateboard proved to be practical, I would continue on to North America. The result was, of course, that I felt it was sufficiently efficient enough to travel by skateboard, and therefore continued the journey. Atlantic Crossing (in black) Crossed the Atlantic Ocean by sailboat from the 14th Aug 2007 until the 7th Dec 2007, including time searching for crewing positions and time spent in Caribbean. North American Leg (in yellow) Began in Key West, Florida, United States on the 7th of December 2007. Travelled 5,529km across the continent, ending in Los Angeles, California on the 3rd of April 2008. The route began heading north through Florida, before turning westward at the Florida panhandle. Skateboarded across the US southern states of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and California.

Asian Leg. Began in Khorgos, Xinjiang Province, China on the 27th April 2008. Travelled 5,462km west to east across China to Shanghai following China National Highway 312 for the most part, with some minor exceptions. Notable exceptions include a 500km detour through Qinghai Province on minor roads, and the final 200km approach to Shanghai, where a southern approach into the city was taken (China National Highway 315). Arrived at People’s Square, Shanghai, on the 28th of September 2008, thus bringing the journey to a close.