Truckee skater completes record quest
One longboard, 3,400 miles, hours of videotapes and more than five months of road later, Truckee’s Tyler Buschmann has returned home after skateboarding solo from California to Times Square in New York City.
Tyler started his trek across the country back in November as part of a threesome, accompanying the infamous “Running Man” who was traveling the world on foot.
Just before Christmas, however, Tyler was left to fend for himself in the desert and decided to continue his journey as a solo mission.
Covering this much ground alone on a skateboard is a task that had reportedly never been accomplished before, and Tyler and his family are hoping his leg cramps, nights in jail and loneliness on the road will earn him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The previous record for crossing the United States on a skateboard was set by a team of skaters, and is one obstacle that may stand in Tyler’s way of receiving final accolades from the Guinness record keepers.
With a laptop and digital video camera as well as countless names of cities and towns logged into his logbook, Tyler recorded his entire trip from the metropolis of San Fran to the no-name acres of corn in Kansas. He will present all of this material to the staff at Guinness in an attempt to establish the new record of a solo trip.
The Buschmann family is no stranger to living life on the edge, with five boys who skateboard, ski and snowboard and a father who was a professional speed skier. Taking off for five months all alone on a skateboard is a mother’s worst nightmare, right? Not so for Gina Buschmann.
“We are just grateful that he made it home without any injuries and is all right. I am so proud of his determination and will to make this happen,” she said.
When his mother asked Tyler what he considered himself, his response was “an extreme athlete.”
After graduating early last January from Tahoe-Truckee High School, Tyler decided that heading straight to college was not in his future. He instead began to formulate this plan to “see the country from a different perspective” after reading about the Running Man in a magazine.
“At first we were a little bit disappointed that he did not want to go to school right away, but I guess this was a school of hard knocks for him, and he has grown a lot from it,” said Gina Buschmann.
What is in store for Tyler now?
His mother says he might want to skate across Japan or maybe enter school in the fall. For the moment, he is simply enjoying being home with his family and friends and getting massages from his mom on her new massage table.
Although Tyler has stepped off his board for awhile, Gina Buschmann notes, “his wheels are constantly turning.”
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