Stuntman Goes For Guinness Record

At 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit his entire body is consumed in flames, yet he continually dares to defy logic. Nothing, not the deep roar of fire in his ears or the suffocating smoke in his face causes him to compromise his professionalism.

This jet ski stuntman has spent half of his adult life willingly lighting himself on fire to push the limit. Now, Edmond's own Steve Huckeba plans to use his experience to put his name in the ultimate record book this July.

The Guinness Book of World Records contains every record imaginable Ð from the world's largest rocking horse to the fastest pumpkin carving to Huckeba's own test, the longest full body burn without oxygen. To complete his task, he must be completely enveloped by fire with no outside source of oxygen and must beat the current record holder, Ted A. Batchelor, who in 2004, was successfully lit and then extinguished in two minutes and 38 seconds.

Huckeba, who usually averages a safe one and a half minute full burn, is trying to set the new record at a full three minutes. "The last minute is like my nemesis," says Huckeba. "I've done it enough to know what will probably happen. I know what I'm in for and that's why I'm going to be able to do it. It's just something I have to find out."

In his early days, Huckeba was named California's state champion in freestyle jet skiing and qualified for the world finals. His skills led to opportunities to make a living as a stunt man when he received invitations to do shows at water parks like SeaWorld and Universal Studios. The risky tricks that first lured him into freestyle jet skiing soon w