Don’t look for anything to break Chad Netherland’s fortitude. He just likes to break world records.
The director of marketing for Ripley’s attractions and aquarium in Myrtle Beach will appear Tuesday in a segment on the syndicated “Anderson Live” daytime TV show, as part of a segment on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” record breakers.
Netherland said when taping his part for Cooper’s new show, he touted Ripley’s new book, “Download the Weird,” released last month, and talked about the thrill about “what I do – tearing things up.”
Sitting at Starbucks at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, and dressed in black, just like his 11-year-old daughter, Dani Netherland, who splits time between homes in Myrtle Beach and Tennessee, the happy father said he filmed the Cooper TV segment “not just as me, but as a spokesman” for Ripley’s.
The 11-time Guinness World Record holder in feats of strength who has performed in casinos nationwide and at sites around the world said he liked promoting “something other than myself.”
His records include the longest duration holding back two aircraft from taking off by hand, one minute that was broadcast last October on the “Stan Lee’s Superhumans” TV show, as well as the fastest time at tearing 10 decks of cards by hand (46 seconds) and most ice blocks broken in a single strike (20).
Going for goals
Netherland said feasting his sights on such achievements require setting and accomplishing goals, and overcoming adversity and obstacles, a process applicable to so many professions and walks of life, hence his making more time for motivational speaking engagements and for charitable causes.
Also eager to speak to youth, Netherland said amid so many distractions in this 21st century, he wants to remind everyone that “you can accomplish anything you want to do.” Identifying the goal and plotting the path to get there, and following through, remain the focus.
Remembering his growing up in Biloxi, Miss., Netherland said his father, Dan Netherland – who set three Guinness records – owned and operated a martial arts studio, where Chad Netherland and his two sisters and brother hung out in their after-school and free time.
“We never had a baby-sitter,” he said, recalling the roots of his value placed on strength in skill and kindness, as shown by his father: “That’s where this truly started.”
Adding in the importance that his mother, also a teacher at the studio, placed on respect, Netherland said he grew up realizing “that very important element in dealing with anything.”
Dani Netherland said she first time she saw her father on television, she was in first grade, and he broke 50 blocks of ice in less than 20 seconds, on “The Rachael Ray Show.” The teacher had a TV ready, “and we all waited for my dad to come on,” she said.
Training per task
Her father said to stay fit, he likes running and “a lot of cardio” strength training, but the regiment changes per task on his agenda. Pushing a Hummer H2 one mile in 11 minutes marks his next stop on the road in Guinness records, and he’s still scouting for a location for this feat.
“It’s basically jogging with a truck,” Netherland quipped.
Traveling globally to places to such as Australia, France and Hong Kong, he said the English “love Guinness” for all the world records.
His daughter already has eyes on her own path in life, a line of work that demands years of schooling and inner and outer strength in helping clientele.
With nine pets, including a horse, Dani Netherland said, “I want to be a veterinarian.”
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.