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Utahn breaks world skateboard record

His legs hurt and his ankles ache, but Sean Mitchell says the pain feels good.

"I got blisters all over the place, but now I can say I'm the world champion long-distance skateboarder," he said. "I'm so excited I'm going to have to skate some big mountain, like Everest."Mitchell, 25, traveled 775.2 miles this month, eight hours a day for three weeks, on his "Extreme Wheels" skateboard to set the new skateboard distance world record. The distance surpassed the previous record of 270.5 miles.

He left Oct. 1 from his house in Sandy and arrived Monday at his parents' house in Rialto, Calif. He originally planned to spend 25 days on the trip, but only took 20. Mitchell slept most nights in a supply truck that followed him.

The oversize skateboard didn't have a motor, and Mitchell's feet have the scars to prove it.

"My ankles and feet hurt bad and I lost 10 pounds on the trip," he said Monday, a few hours after arriving in Rialto. "I couldn't eat enough so I got really skinny."

Mitchell said the first week was the biggest challenge. His legs weren't used to so much pumping, but the burning pain made him try harder. He broke the record in the first week when he passed just south of Beaver. But owning the record didn't tempt him to stop.

"It made me only more excited about reaching the goal," he said.

Mitchell said he skated like a wild man the last three days, covering nearly 60 miles each day.

"I was so close, I couldn't stop. I was out there for 12 hours a day."

His trip took him along frontage roads and back roads as much as possible. However, some roads were so rocky that the skateboard wouldn't roll freely. At times he had to drag it with his foot - which he called the hardest part of the trip.

Sometimes, his only option was to skate along I-15. Trying to push a skateboard alongside speeding cars was difficult and dangerous, he said.

"That was pretty scary," he said of the I-15 stretch that winds through the Arizona canyons near the Utah border. "Areas like that were insane. I took it slow and was careful."

Mitchell said the road was often unkind to him. He fell off his skateboard many times. While taking a ramp off I-15 near Mesquite, Nev., he hit a small rock and stopped instantly - causing him to skid across the hard pavement, scraping and cutting his leg.

Many parents have lawyers and doctors as children, but few can say they have a world-record-breaking skateboarder for a son.

"The only thing that worried me about this was the traffic on the highways," said his mother, LaRae Mitchell. "As far as endurance goes, that didn't worry me at all. Sean's always been hyperactive."

Mitchell, a heating and air conditioning installer who moved from California to Utah about 2 1/2 years ago, said his next adventure will be to skate down a big, steep mountain.

"This has just made me love skateboarding more. Now I've got to find something else to skate."