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The day after Aldrin Garcia popped his world record breaking 45-inch flatground ollie, I got him on the phone to hear what it feels like to break a record that stood for over 10 years (formerly, Bristol England's Danny Wainwright held the record set in 2001 with 44.5 inches). Humble and excited, Garcia assured me he's not just a one trick pony.
|Antoher angle of Aldrin Garcia's World Record setting 45 inch high flatground ollie.|
What was your reaction when they raised the bar from 42" to the record setting 45"?
I was in denial. I didn't know if I could really do it. In my head I kept thinking the same exact thing as when it was at 40-inches; it's just you and the bar, you and the bar. I wasn't trying to worry about what the height was. It's kind of mental.
How many tries did it take you to get over the 45"?
I believe I did it third try and then they said the measurements were incorrect and then I had to do it two more times.
You think you could have gone higher?
Yeah, if I didn't get so tired. I was hoping to do 47" but I was pretty beat.
Has it set in that you set a world record?
I'm not sure if it's official yet. They have to send it in to Guinness and Guinness has to decide if they want to give me the World's Record or if they want me to do it again.
But you know you hopped 45. You broke the record that Danny Wainwright held for the past 10 years. How does that feel?
It feels so awesome, dude. It's surreal. It's like a dream almost. I'm waiting to wake up. I'm just happy that it doesn't just benefit me but it benefits my sponsors: Powell-Peralta, Bones wheels and bearings, Neff Headwear, Theeve trucks, 9five Eyewear and CMYK.
What are you going to do with the $10,000 you won from the Maloofs for the highest ollie?
I'm probably going to put the majority of it away and mess around with $2,000. I'll help my mom pay the bills, too.
You know Uncle Sam takes at least $3000 of that.
Yeah, I need to go to H&R Block and find out what I can do so he can't take that away from me.
In the past month you've gotten a lot of press by taking a major slam at Crossroads and then going on to break the high ollie record. Are you more than a two trick pony? Is this the last we're going to hear of you?
I hope not. I'm going to keep working for it and make this a career. I hope you get to hear more of me. Bones is filming an am video that I'm working on and there's a new Powell-Peralta promo that I'll be in. And I guess I can try and break the current ollie record again and go for 47-inches.