Born in Madrid, Spain in 1976, Andrew Andras currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida with his wife and two daughters. Andy grew up skateboarding in the streets of Madrid, moving at the age of 14, to Tampa, Florida where he continued his love for the sport. Andy joined the US Air Force after graduating high school. While serving in the military he became an avid weight lifter and was introduced to the sport of rugby while stationed in Korea. After completing his military service, he began a career as a firefighter/paramedic back in his home state of Florida. He played several seasons of semi-pro rugby before discovering jiu-jitsu and MMA. Andy enjoyed testing himself at competitive grappling matches and graced the podium many times in local and NAGA tournaments. Throughout all of his endeavors, he consistently nourished his skateboard roots.
He’s often seen on a longboard commuting around Miami Beach. Whether he’s heading to the beach or picking up one of his daughters from school, he’s on his skateboard — it’s a core part of his life. Recently, Andy discovered the grassroots movement of “push racing” on longboard skateboards. With his athleticism and strong background in skateboarding, Andy exceled in this new sport and found special allure when it came to long distance races. With his newfound enthusiasm for endurance racing, Andy relishes running 50-mile ultra marathons or completing a 60+ hour Spartan Death Race in the mountains of Vermont.
Andy’s biggest accomplishment came in the 24-hour Ultra-Skate race where, in 2013, he broke the longstanding world record. His current record (261.8 miles in 24 hours on a skateboard) has given Andy the nickname of “La Maquina” (The Machine) — dubbed by his peers for his machine-like pace and perseverance during the Ultra-skate.
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Spartan Spotlight: Andrew Andras and Joe Falcone (May 2011)
Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon World Tour, Puerto Rico, ciudad de Caguas (August 28, 2011)
2011 Eugene Oregon ULTRAskate 17 - Paved Wave Forums (October 1, 2011)
Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo To Add Longboard Events - AXS Longboard Retailer Magazine (March 14, 2012)
Concrete Wave 2013 Longboard Buyers Guide [TURN TO PAGE 50 FOR INTERVIEW] (Early 2013)
Longboarders aim to beat record at 24-hour UltraSkate - Sun Sentinel (January 4, 2013)
2013 Miami 24 Hour Ultraskate World Record - YouTube Video (January 8, 2013)
Andy Andras Breaks Guinnes World Record for Ultraskate - YouTube (January 8, 2013)
TWO SKATEBOARDING WORLD RECORDS BROKEN AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY (January 9, 2013)
Ultraskate 2013, Exclusive Interview with Andrew Andras (January 17, 2013)
Scoopsiedoopsie: SFL talks to Andrew Andras: World Ultraskate Champion for the Boys! (January 29, 2013)
Andy Andras International Distance Skateboard Association [IDSA] Profile (March 20, 2013)
Chief Ladiga Silver Skate Challenge Video Clip - YouTube Video [Andy Andras at 2:31] (May 18, 2013)
Machine-Like Performance in Skateboarding Receives Guinness World Record™ Status for Performance at The IDSA Ultraskate (July 25, 2013)
Two World Records broken at 24-Hour Ultra Skate in Homestead-Miami speedway in 2013, Will they be beat in 2014? (November 13, 2013)