Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Two jet skiers attempt a record for backflips, and there's an acrobatic human jenga record from China.
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# Officially, officially, officially... Amazing! #
Ahoy there, me hearties. 'Tis I,
Cap'n Ben Shires of the good ship Officially Amazing. Sail...
THWACK Come on.
Sailing the seven seas in search of the most fantastic of
I taught them everything they know.
Here's what else is coming up on today's show.
Oh, come on. Right on the poop deck. The irony!
Worrying times for the Sizzler as Cherry and Ray try to pilfer
one of his world records.
And what in the name of Al Jackson are these people doing?
Find out soon, but first,
I'm putting my sea legs back on.
We first met awesome aqua-bikers Dan Rowan and Liam Mellot
in series four,
competing against each other in a bonkers barrel roll world record.
Now they're back, and this time, they're joining forces.
Yes, Dan and Liam will work together to attempt the record for the...
Welcome back to Officially Amazing.
Now, last time, of course, Dan, you took the record home, but you two
-are back friends again now?
-Yeah, of course.
-Built it back up.
This time, it's backflips together.
Presumably, it's going to be a bit easier.
Not really. We've got to get them
exactly the same time, which adds a whole new element to the record.
Well, that sounds positive. Here are the rules.
The aqua-bikes must take off and land at the exact same time.
Only full revolutions of the Jet Ski will count, and the target
for this brand-new world record
is ten synchronised backflips in one minute.
Dan and Liam are professionals using specialised equipment,
but this is such a dangerous record,
we have Dave the medic on standby. Give us a smile, Dave.
Time starts when they begin their first flip.
And they've started with a double flip!
But were they in perfect unison?
Watch how Dan and Liam create a wake in the water,
then spin around to ride the wave into the backflips.
They're going for double somersaults each time
to try and squeeze more flips into their minute.
There just wasn't the synchronicity there, and that's what they need.
Oh, and Liam's crashed out. Will that flip count?
Some astonishing aqua-batics from Liam and Dan,
but did they manage ten synchronised flips?
On their second attempt, the boys pushed things even further
to try and land that magic ten, but...
Oh, one flip short of the record.
The boys are now physically exhausted.
Have they got any chance on their third and final attempt?
Find out after Al and Haruka bring us some
ludicrous land-based flipping.
Welcome to China, where the Tagou Wushu school are about
to attempt the record for the...
Wow, look at them!
What wonderful colour-coded onesies!
What beautiful tiny horses!
Al, they're ponies.
This is no time for zoology, Haruka.
Can they somersault more than 22 people onto that tiny platform?
Three, two, one, go.
This is impressive. They're building a box using the taller gymnasts,
then filling it with the smaller ones.
I imagine this is how they pack sardines in tin cans.
Oh, no, one's escaped! But what a pile-up.
To qualify for the record, they must remain on the platform
for ten seconds after the minute is up.
Easier said than done.
This looks like a perilous game of human Jenga.
And that's it.
But how many people were on the platform?
A squash-tastic performance!
And now back to Ben.
Freestyle aqua-bikers Dan and Liam have come within one flip of
the synchronised backflip record.
Can they muster the strength
to land ten flips on their final attempt?
'It's now or never.'
OK, they're starting, let's do this.
'One down, and that's a double.'
Good. Really strong start.
This is top drawer. Seamlessly synchronised.
Joyous jet-powered jumping. They're flipping at an incredible pace.
Oh, no. Just one there.
Oh, Liam pulls out of the double flip.
Is tiredness setting in?
Oh, Liam's stopped again. Come on, boys.
But that's a solid double.
KLAXON BLARES That's it, that's time.
Was it enough? That's going to be close.
Official adjudicator Mark reviews the attempt in slow-mo.
Did they reach ten this time?
..ten, so that sets a brand-new Guinness World Records title!
Yeah! Yeah! Put it there.
Dan and Liam did it.
A spectacular show of skill and determination.
Now to the OC bunker for even more high-octane dynamism.
Not long ago, in a secret bunker not that far away,
three intergalactic adventurers united in combat to compete
for world record titles that you could try at home.
trailblazing trooper US Ray,
scintillating soldier of fortune Mr Cherry,
and ravishing rebel Sizzling Steve.
Previously on Officially Competitive...
A tactical disaster from the Sizzler gave Mr Cherry victory
in the pinch-picking challenge.
Putting him clear at the top of the leaderboard
with just two rounds left.
So victory today would guarantee Cherry
a preposterous fourth championship title.
But to get there, he'll have to beat
the current world champion at today's event.
Back in series one,
Sizzling Steve and six orange balls set the record for the...
Today, Mr Cherry and US Ray will try to wrestle that record from him.
But can they beat the master at his own game?
-So have you been training much for this record?
-No, not at all?
It's quite a hard one to practise for, cos each surface is different.
-And do the others have a chance today?
-Don't be silly.
-All right, Steve, show this country,
-nay, this world, what the Sizzler can do. Huzzah?
The champ is confident,
but US Ray's had a world-class training partner.
Now, tell me this. I know you've been practising with your family.
Who's better, you or Grandma Ray?
-All right, be honest.
Steve and Cherry aren't around.
If Grandma Ray was here,
-could she beat both of them?
-I think so, Al.
-Wow! So if you can beat her, you can beat them.
-You got that right.
I want to do this for Grandma Ray. How do you feel about that?
BOTH CHANT: Grandma Ray! Grandma Ray!
That's for you, Granny.
But Grandma Ray is set for massive disappointment
if Cherry gets his way.
Today, you have a chance to take a world record from Steve.
How much do you want this?
-Well, there's a famous Japanese saying,
"The hand comes out at mouth,"
which means, "I want it so much!" Ha-ha-ha.
There can be no pinging or ponging without establishing some rules.
The competitors must remain two metres away from the pint glass.
The ping pong balls must bounce at least once
before entering the glass.
The balls may be launched no more than two at a time.
And Steve's record to beat is six balls in a glass in one minute,
and our world champion is up first.
Three, two, one, go.
Yes, Steve. Great start.
Oh, a salubrious slam-dunker!
Shantha's allowed a smooth bouncing palette for this record
because of the uneven bunker floor.
Yes, come on, now.
An unbelievably speedy second.
Come on. Oh!
And it's a hat-trick.
-Oh! Come on, Steve.
-'Is there any point in the others even competing?'
Oh, off the rim!
Hmm, is the champ losing his magic touch?
He's doing everything right, but it's all going wrong.
Oh, not the rim again.
-..four, three, two, one, stop!
Oh, no. Out of time, and only three in the glass.
Worrying times for the Sizzler. He's left his record wide open.
And US Ray is ready to bounce in and grab it.
Three, two, one...
A humdinger of a rim-skimmer. So close!
Come on, Ray. There we go. Just like that.
'Perfect? Apart from the not actually going in the glass bit.'
Oh. Come on.
Let's go, Ray. Ugh!
'This'll be the one. The bounce is powerful.
'And it's going in. No-o-o! But it's flying up again.
'This time. Argh!
'Ooh. Another brim-bouncer.'
Come on. Yeah!
At last. Get in there.
Now, that is as perfect a ping pong pinger
as you're ever likely to see.
Come on, Ray. Only six more and Steve's record's gone.
-..four, three, two, one...
Disappointment for US Ray.
And devastation for Grandma Ray.
And so to Cherry. Victory, and he's ultimate champion again.
But could he also take Sizzler's record?
Cherry is in full safety gear.
You can never be too careful where potential glory is concerned.
Ah, so close. And again.
That rim is not making things easy.
Is Cherry going the way of Ray?
Ahh! 'Yes! That's one!'
And what a glorious swirling swiveller that was.
Ah! 'That's two. And three!'
A dazzling double-dunker.
'Just one more for the championship title.'
Don't know if I can cope with the pressure.
-'Millimetres from glory.'
-Ten seconds left.
Is the occasion getting to the big man?
Five, four, three...
The glass is full to the brim, so Haruka replaces it.
The Sizzler rejoices as his six-ball record is safe.
But if all four of Cherry's balls were legitimately bounced,
he's won himself the point and the Officially Competitive title.
Shantha, please reveal the results.
In third place, with one,
-'Grandma Ray will be fuming.'
-Good job, man.
And in first place, with four,
is Mr Cherry.
Cherry did it!
And a traditional victory crab-dance from the champion.
Ping pong jump!
Four valid ping pongs, one competitive point
and Cherry-san is unreachable at the top of the table.
Meaning it's a fourth competitive title for Cherry,
who will be crowned next time,
when our heroes dress oh-so beguilingly
for their final challenge.
Find out why when we return
with more exhilarating exertions like these.
# Well, Liam and Dan were both the man as they showed off
# Their aqua-bike tricks
# It took a few tries
# But these two guys did the most synchronised backflips
# Our competitors had the task
# Of bouncing ping pong balls into a glass
# Cherry won with four
# So he is our champ once more
# And somehow 26 people flipped onto a platform
# But here come the rubbish bits
# The outtakes. #
Oh, no. Argh!
Argh! Argh! Oh!
Oh! I almost capsized!
One jet ski doing backflips would be spectacular enough - we've got two! But will they get a record? Our Officially Competitive contenders all vie for one of Sizzling Steve's records. And there's an acrobatic human jenga record from China!