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    Norwegian Man Breaks Watercross World Record

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Friday, September 18, 2015

     Today, a Norwegian man named Morten Blien hopped on his Polaris RMK 800 and drove about 131 miles – down the Tana River in Finnmark, Norway. The reigning European watercross champion was attempting to break the world record for distance driven on water with a snowmobile, previously set by former European watercross champion Antti Holmberg (180 kilometers, or 111.9 miles).

    Blien did surpass the mark, but he fell short of his goal of 250 km (about 155.3 miles) when his sled inexplicably stopped in the middle of the river after 212 km.

    Blien said he wasn’t sure what ultimately caused the snowmobile to quit. An additional throttle lever had been installed on the sled so that if one hand got tired, Blien could use the other to power the sled. It’s possible that a malfunction caused the gas to stop flowing adequately to the engine.

     The world record attempt still needs to be submitted to Guinness for approval. There is some uncertainty about whether it will be approved since Blien did not drive the snowmobile ashore.

    The entire trip lasted four hours and 10 minutes. Blien was tired but satisfied after his run, saying that he considered everything after 180 km to be a bonus. He was also surprised at the number of local people who came out in the cold weather to support him.

    To see video footage of Morten Blien's record-breaking ride, click here.

    Images courtesy www.nrk.no

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