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Man sets hoverboard flight world record

Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru didn't just beat the world record for distance covered on a hoverboard. He crushed it.

Standing atop his homemade, propeller-based hovercraft, Duru rose up 15 feet from the surface of Quebec's Lake Ouareau and traveled 275.9 meters -- 905 feet, 2 inches, the length of three football fields -- to take the Guinness World Record title for farthest flight on a hoverboard. He could have nabbed the record in a fifth the distance.

Duru said he built and designed the prototype over the course of 12 months to "showcase that stable flight can be achieved with a machine one can stand on and control with their feet, just like in the movie 'Back to the Future Part II,'" which was set in the year 2015 and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer.

The inventor also said that the propellers along the bottom of the board can achieve flight over any surface, but is usually tested over water "because of how dangerously high it can fly."

The feat was achieved in August, and Guinness announced the record last week. Watch the impressive video above.

  • Amanda Schupak

    Amanda Schupak is the science and technology editor at CBSNews.com