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Meet our GWR 2022 Record Holder of the Month, Craig Lewis!

November 8, 2021

Guinness World Records 2022 Record Holder of the Month

It’s November and we have a brand new Record Holder of the Month. Meet the Aussie daredevil living in the USA, Craig Lewis (Lewie). 

Name: Craig Lewis (aka Lewie)

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 32

Tell us about yourself, how did an Aussie find themselves in the USA?
I took a job opportunity 10 years ago and never looked back! I started Skydiving in my first year in the US.

You hold the record for most somersaults in a skydive – what inspired you to go for this record?! 

As a kid, I spent a lot of time upside down. From trampolining, diving, and jumping out of trees into rivers, my aerial awareness started young. In skydiving, out of all the different disciplines, ‘free-flying’ is my favourite, where we get to fly our bodies at 200kph in any orientation. Having read the Guinness World Records book as a kid, I had always dreamed of having my own record. I researched various world records in skydiving and found a few I believed I could go for! Hopefully, this is the first of many!
How long have you been skydiving for?

10 years! It has taken me across 8 countries, including skydiving over the Great Pyramids in Egypt, into Burning Man, above the mountains of Switzerland, over the sand dunes of Dubai and even in the desert in Namibia. 
Do you ever get scared?!
 
Not at all, any nerves I perceive as excitement. The plane ride is the boring part, I cant wait to get out of it! 
 
What type of practice/training goes into performing these skydiving records?
 
Aerial awareness is key! From practising rotations on a trampoline to indoor skydiving with wind tunnels, and hundreds of jumps! It was the culmination of years of practice in the sport before attempting the record. 
Do you have your eyes set on any other Guinness World Records?
 
Yes, several! All in the skydiving realm, but alas, I cannot share them, as I am working on them and every time one is broken, the bar gets set even higher!  
 
Is there a particular Guinness World Record that you love? One you wish you could break?

YES! Fastest time to Skydive in 6* continents (they exclude Antarctica for this one). That would be amazing! This would be pretty pricey to accomplish so if you know of anyone who might sponsor that, I’m all ears haha! The current record is 8 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes.

 


To see more inspiring records like Lewie’s, make sure to get your copy of Guinness World Records 2022 which is out now. Check out It GiRL on Instagram and Facebook

Stay tuned for the next Record Holder of the Month!

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