NASHUA, Iowa (KWWL) – A passion turned into a new world record, as Matt Shatek took to the Cedar River Saturday to break the Hand-skiing world record.
Shatek is unofficially the new record holder. The previous record was more than a half-mile, Shatek doubled the record to more than a mile.
Shatek says his family and friends were the ones to help him claim his title.
“We can do this thing, we got the group here,” says Shatek. “Family and everybody is putting everything together, so we made it happen.”
Shatek had to formally apply to the Guinness World Records for Hand-skiing. Shatek’s crew had only one day to document his triumph. The next step is to wait until his record is approved.
“Usually it takes 12 weeks to get the answer,” says Shatek. “So unofficially we’ve done it, until December when we get the certificate and it says yeah you did it.”
Shatek’s brother Jason also has a passion for Water-skiing and is a major support system for his record. Jason owns the boat and land where Matt practices every day throughout the year.
“My brother Matt trained for a whole year eating right, eating healthy and working out,” says Jason Shatek. “I had goosebumps when he crushed the record, I’m sure in awh over it, can’t believe he went that far.”