One of the topics in my upcoming kids book concerns boating records, and one of them has already been broken before it’s even in print — 114 Australian water skiers got up behind a single boat and rode for over one nautical mile. Yup, it’s a new world record for most water skiers behind a boat. The crew was from the Horsehead Waterski Club, and they bested the previous mark of 100 skiers.

“The sheer determination on the faces of the skiers as they were being pulled behind the boat was astounding,” said spokesman Mark Seaton. “You could see they were really hurting, they were in pain, but those skiers right at the front are some of Tasmania’s best waterskiers and they held on for grim death and would not let go.”

What does 114 skiers behind a single boat look like? Kind of like this…