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From Athlone to the world, skateboarding royalty Jean-Marc Johannes has done it again by breaking two more Guinness World Records, leaving both Cape Town and South Africa buzzing with pride.


Global (02 October 2023) — Skateboarding royalty Jean-Marc Johannes from Athlone in Cape Town has come a long way from his ironic introduction to the sport. Recently, the pro-skater celebrated his new Guinness World Record breaks for the 2024 edition; leaving both his home city and South Africa buzzing with pride.

From growing up on the Cape Flats to finding his crown in sport despite dealing with chronic asthma, Jean-Marc Johannes has inspired those within and outside the world of wheels; a far cry from entering the sport for a laugh thanks to his friends.

His latest official feature in the Guinness World Records comes after a string of record breaks. In 2018, he made history for the most skateboard nollie heelflips in one minute, and his victory glaze has only soared since with several GWR record-breakers done and dusted.

Come 2022, the pro-skater was hot on competitive wheels again and achieved not one but two records that now shine proudly on paper: most skateboard 360 frontside spins in 30 seconds (7)and most consecutive skateboard ollies (323).


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Outside of Guinness’ pages, he has achieved a wealth of big feats—from becoming SA’s first skater to earn all podium placements in the World Series to competing for his place in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

When we think about skaters making paved waves in some of the biggest ways, it’s incredible to know that a South African is shredding from strength to strength.

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