THE BULLWHIP WORLD RECORDS



GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS recognizes world records related to bullwhips.

If you would like to try, the Guinness World Records website has the information about making a formal request to break a record.

You can also watch records being set (and broken) on the Tru-TV program Guinness World Records Unleashed.

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MOST TARGETS HIT WITH A BULLWHIP IN ONE MINUTE
"The most targets hit with a bullwhip in one minute is 70, and was achieved by Jack Lepiarz (USA) in Bordentown, New Jersey, USA, on 11 June 2017.
"The bullwhip used was a 5 ft, 1in long, kangaroo-hide bullwhip made by Victor “Skip” SanSoucie. The attempt took place in front of a live crowd at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire."

LOUDEST WHIP CRACK
"The loudest whip crack is 148.7 db(A), and was achieved by Adam Winrich (USA), at the Eau Claire Children's Theatre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, on 21 June 2017.
"Adam wanted to break this record because he thought finding out just how loud he could crack a whip in decibels would be a fun challenge."

Previous Records:
The loudest whip crack is 121.6 db(A), and was achieved by April Choi (USA) in Peoria, Illinois, USA, on 5 February 2017. The whip was a single-stranded, unmodified bull whip that measured 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in) long."


MOST WHIP CRACKS WITH TWO WHIPS IN ONE MINUTE
Nathan "Whippy" Griggs cracked two stockwhips 697 times in 60 seconds on March 23, 2017.

Previous Records:
The most whip cracks with two whips in one minute is 646 and was achieved by Adam Winrich (USA) at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, Texas, USA, on 5 November 2016. (Adam Winrich attempted this record in front of several hundred people at the Texas Renaissance Festival.)

The most whip cracks in one minute with two stockwhips is 614, Nathan 'Whippy' Griggs (Australia) in Altona, Australia on Dec. 18, 2015.

The most whip cracks in one minute with two stockwhips is 568, achieved by Adam Winrich on Oct. 31, 2015.
The most whip cracks in one minute with two whips is 530, achieved by Nathan 'Whippy' Griggs (Australia) in Altona, Australia on Dec. 27, 2014.



MOST STOCK WHIP CRACKS IN ONE MINUTE
The most stock whip cracks in one minute is 359 set by Nathan "Whippy" Griggs (Australia) on March 10, 2017.

Previous Record:
"The most stock whip cracks in one minute is 272 set by Adam Winrich (USA) at the Stone’s Throw bar, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, on 18 October 2006."



MOST WHIP CRACKS IN ONE MINUTE
The most bullwhip cracks in one minute is 283, achieved by Adam Winrich (USA), on Sept. 15, 2017.

Previous Records:
The most bullwhip cracks in one minute was 278, achieved by Jack Lepiarz (USA), in Carver, Massachusetts, USA, on 16 October 2016.
The most bullwhip cracks in one minute was 267, achieved by Adam Winrich (USA), in Waxahachie, Texas, USA, on 7 May 2016.
The most bullwhip cracks in one minute was 257 set by Adam Winrich (USA) at The Stone's Throw Bar in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, on 20 June 2009.
The most bullwhip cracks in one minute was 254 set by Robert Dante (USA) at Sunset Park in St. Louis Park, MN on 12 October 2008.



WHIP CRACKING - LONGEST WHIP
The longest whip cracked is 109.72 m (360 ft) long, and was achieved by April Jennifer Choi (USA) at Peoria, Illinois, on 25 October, 2017.

Previous Longest Whip Records:
The longest whip cracked was 100.47 m (329 ft 7.5 in) long, and was achieved by Nathan (Whippy) Griggs at Defiance Mill Skate Park, in Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia, on 18 August 2016.(The whip itself weighed 35 kg (77 lb), and took over 500 hours to make, all from traditional materials.)
The longest whip cracked is 72.63 m (238 ft 3 in) long, excluding the handle, and was wielded by Adam Winrich (USA) in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, USA, on 20 July 2016.
The longest whip ever cracked (i.e. the end made to travel above the speed of sound) was one of 70.53 m (231.39 ft) excluding the handle, wielded by Christopher Wu (aka Hobbes Flow) in Vienna, IL, USA on June 27, 2015.

"The longest whip ever cracked (i.e. the end made to travel above the speed of sound) was one of 65.83 m (216 ft) excluding the handle, wielded by Adam Winrich (USA) in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, USA, on 24 May 2006."

Here are Guinness' other previous official records (thank you, Gary Brophy):

Krist King (USA) 184 feet 6 inches
Gary Brophy (Aus) in 1985 - 140 feet
Gary Brophy (Aus) in 1984 - 138 feet
Noel Harris 101 feet
Frank Dean (USA) in 1982 (?) - 80 feet
Saltbush Bill (aka Roderick William Mills) (Aus) in the early 1900s - 65 feet (predating Guinness records)
Bill Mills (Aus) 50 feet



MOST NEWSPAPERS SPLIT USING A BULLWHIP IN ONE MINUTE
Most newspapers split using a bullwhip in one minute is 16 and was achieved by Johnny Strange (UK) in Cranleigh, UK, on 13 December 2016.


FASTEST WHIP
he fastest time to hit 10 consecutive targets with a whip is 2.54 seconds, and was achieved by April Choi (USA) at the California Style Fitness Studio, in Peoria, Illinois, USA, on 17 September 2017.
Previous Record: The whip-cracking speed and accuracy world record was held by Adam Winrich (USA) who hit 10 targets consecutively with a cracking whip in 2.6 seconds on 31 October 2015.
"The whip-cracking speed and accuracy world record is held by Robert Dante (USA) who hit 10 targets consecutively with a cracking whip in 3.87 seconds at the Camp Crucible, Darlington, Maryland, USA, on 1 June 2013."

MOST DRINK CANS BROKEN WITH A WHIP IN THREE MINUTES
"The most drink cans broken with a whip in three minutes is 23 and was achieved by Adam Winrich (USA) on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 11 April 2009."


MOST BOTTLE CAPS REMOVED WITH A WHIP IN ONE MINUTE
The most bottles opened in one minute with a whip is 12 by Adam Winrich in Beijing, China on Jan. 13, 2016.

FASTEST MILE SPINNING A WHIP TOP
"The fastest mile spinning a whip top is 25 min 13 sec and was set by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the Sheraton Voyager Hotel in Antalya, Turkey, on 19 December 2006."


MOST PEOPLE PLAYING WHIPPING TOPS SIMULTANEOUSLY
"The most people playing whipping tops simultaneously is 507 and was achieved by the People's Government of Tumen City and Yanbian Morningpost (both China) in Tumen City, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province, China, on 17 February 2011."
(The participants played on ice. A Trompo or Whipping Top is a toy popular in Latin America. In Spain it is known as "peonza" or "trompa", in Japan as "Koma", with different designs in different cities. It has a pear-shaped body and is usually made of wood, although new resins and strong plastic materials have also been used. RD)


MOST CANDLES EXTINGUISHED WITH A WHIP IN ONE MINUTE
The current record for 'Most candles extinguished by a whip in one minute' is 102 and was achieved by Adam Winrich at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in March 2014.


MOST CANDLES EXTINGUISHED BY A CHAIN WHIP (JIUJIE BIAN) IN 30 SECONDS
There is no current record holder for this title.


MOST FLOWERS CRACK-WHIPPED FROM THE MOUTH IN ONE MINUTE
"The most flowers crack-whipped from the mouth in one minute is 44 and was achieved by Adam Winrich and Dakota Granados (both USA) at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA, on 23 February 2013."


MOST STRAWS CRACK-WHIPPED FROM THE MOUTH IN ONE MINUTE
Current record is 53 and is held jointly by Adam Winrich and Dakota Granados, being set in March 2014 at the Arizona Renaissance Festival.


MOST BOTTLES GRABBED WITH A WHIP AND CAUGHT IN ONE MINUTE
Adam Winrich claims this one with 18.



MOST PEOPLE WHIP CRACKING SIMULTANEOUSLY
There is no current record holder for this title.

MOST EGGS BROKEN WITH A WHIP IN 30 SECONDS
There is no current record holder for this title.


MOST PEOPLE FIRE WHIP CRACKING SIMULTANEOUSLY
There is no current record holder for this title.


MOST STOCKWHIP CRACKS ON A SLACK LINE IN ONE MINUTE
There is no current record holder for this title.


HEAVIEST WHIP CRACKED
This record is for the heaviest whip to be cracked. This record is to be attempted by an individual. This record is measured in kilograms and grams (to the nearest gram), with the equivalent imperial measurements given in pounds and ounces. For the purposes of this record a whip is defined as a firm stick handle with a flexible line that when swung through the air produces a crack.


AFTERWARD

"Unofficial" records are found in the minds of non-champions. To make it REAL, you must follow conditions required by Guinness, and that adds a LOT of pressure. Yes, you might fail -- but a lot of really good people have tried to set and break these records, so you'll be in good company. As Emerson said, "DO the thing, and you have the power."

Even more aptly, Theodore Roosevelt said,

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
(This is his "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910.)

People wielding whips have been trying to outdo each other for centuries. Gary Brophy notes that "Saltbush Bill" (Roderick Mills, born in 1869) cracked a 65-foot stockwhip, but these early feats are not official Guinness World Records. Read the fascinating true story of "Saltbush Bill!"

So, with all these records on the books -- when is whip cracking going to become an Official Olympic Event?

Best Regards,

-Robert Dante-

(This data is from the record-holders themselves and the Guinness World Records website at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/explore-records. Also, thank you to Adam Winrich, Nathan Griggs, Jack Lepiarz, Louie Fox and Gary Brophy for contributing.)

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