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Photos: Danny Cisneros sets unofficial world records for skateboarding...on his hands

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The day started out with a firm breeze, which often isn't ideal for setting handstand records of any kind, especially not ones that require nearly grazing your head inches from the pavement at high speeds. The weather settled, though. And around 3 p.m., Cisneros took off from the top of Candelas Parkway overlooking Standley Lake, with a miniature downtown Denver in the distance.

There were six orange cones set up along the side of the road, in one-tenth of a mile increments. The final cone, set at the bottom of the bending road, was the half-mile marker. Knowing the previous distance record was 2,255 feet, Cisneros aimed simply to eclipse the half-mile marker -- but he ended up sailing much further, as the incline became more friendly after he passed the sixth and final cone. By the time he dismounted from his skateboard and stood upright, Cisneros was approaching exhaustion.

"I pushed myself to almost unconsciousness," he recalls. "I was pretty delirious. At the end I didn't know where I was. I was just thinking, 'Man, I hope this ends soon.'"

Aside from dealing with the rush of blood to his head, Cisneros had to concentrate on maintaining his balance while traveling only ten miles per hour less than the designated speed limit on Candelas Parkway. He remembers how he "hit 35 miles per hour and the skateboard started to wobble back and forth," at which point he "started to feel a little bit nervous" but "just tried to keep calm and hope that it all worked out in the end -- which it did."

Following Cisneros down Candelas Parkway was a small crew of cameramen documenting the record-setting event. Two rode skateboards while the third man drove in front of Cisneros, monitoring his status. Lynn Cooper, whom Cisneros describes as "a legendary freestyle skateboarder" and "friend of the family for a long time," will be sending the video footage into Guinness for verification. He will also be placing it on his website, SkateLegends.com.

Along with video evidence, Cisneros must submit two signatures from witnesses as proof that the record was in fact real. Eight years ago, Cisneros submitted a distance record that Guinness rejected -- but he's confident his scrupulous documentation will pay off this time. "As long as we have people out there measuring with distance markers, witnesses and GPS to determine the distance and speed, that's all they need," he says.

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Kalen Deremo
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