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Eleven-year-old Julian Kuczma is a fingerboarding pro. 

The boy from Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, can perform 128 ollies in 60 seconds and holds the record title for the most ollies on a fingerboard in one minute

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Julian learned how to fingerboard from his friends at school and by watching YouTube videos about a year ago.

He eventually got very good at it and wanted to use his fingerboarding skills to show others who are interested in it that there is a place to write history and enjoy the activity. 

Six months prior to setting the record, he decided to give it a try. 

“I started trying to do tricks on them and picked it up pretty quickly,” said Julian. 

I would fingerboard just about everywhere I would go; at school during lunch, at home, and even when my mom forced me to go shopping with her and my sister.

Julian says he would take his fingerboard along to see what surfaces he could find to practise on that were different to what he'd used in the past. 

“I would even get in trouble trying to use my fingerboard at the dinner table,” said Julian. 

“I like that it is an activity that you can just take about anywhere.”

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Julian says fingerboarding is very similar to skateboarding, but instead of using your legs and feet, you use your fingers. 

In fact, he says some of the tricks that can be performed on a skateboard can be performed on a fingerboard as well, including an ollie. 

“An ollie is a trick where you lift the board up so that all four wheels are off the surface,” said Julian. 

“You then have to land it back with all four wheels touching the surface.” 

To perform an ollie on a fingerboard, Julian says you have to roll the board backward to get momentum and then guide it off the surface. 

Once it’s in the air, you have to have enough momentum to then land it back on all four wheels. 

Julian says he enjoys the speed he can achieve when performing ollies on a fingerboard, and that there are some differences in how he can manoeuvre the fingerboard depending on the setup used. 

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“Some wheels are more grippy than others and some are smoother,” he said. 

Having the different factors at play makes it more of a challenge.

Julian says the most difficult part of performing ollies on a fingerboard is keeping the consistency you need in order to keep landing them and initiating them. 

He also says his hand tends to get tired. 

However, he is proud to have achieved a Guinness World Records title and says although he wasn’t nervous when breaking the record, it was a big deal to have so many people watching, timing, and recording him. 

“Normally I fingerboard just at my house and no one is paying much attention,” he said. 

Julian also says his family and friends are impressed by his skills and have tried to fingerboard before realizing it takes time to learn these tricks. 

Aside from trying to break his own record, Julian says in the future he would like to attempt the record title for the longest fingerboard ollie

He urges those interested in fingerboarding to “keep at it.” 

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“Enjoy all the aspects of the fingerboard community since there are so many,” he said. 

I like the artwork on the board, the quality of the products, and the dedication it takes to learn or master a skill.

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