South African Surfer Sets World Record For The Longest Surfing Session

30-year-old South African surfer Josh Enslin attempted and broke the Guinness World Records record for the longest surfing session at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth, located in Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, with a marathon effort of 30 hours, 11 minutes.

In August the South African man announced he’d bet setting out to one up American ben Shaw’s 2011 record of 29 hours and 27 minutes to raise money, food and clothes for children in need. The grand effort brought in over $2,000 and a horde of fans to Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth. So for parts of two days and through one entire night Enslin surfed with every wave catching hoots from the crowd. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to supervise the almost day and a half session, making it the new unofficial world record. The only thing left is to watch the full 1,811 minutes worth of video to give a final approval and send Josh Enslin into the history books.

The two-day and one-night event included an unofficial count of 455 waves — about one wave every four minutes — and a variety of weather conditions, which Enslin described as everything from “windy” and “freezing” to “calm” and “sunny.” Supervisors closely monitored Enslin’s attempt, allowing him breaks of only ten minutes every two hours.

“It really was four seasons in two days,” said Enslin. “The toughest part for me was the 02:00 [A.M]- to 04:00 [A.M.]-stretch. Conditions were freezing, fatigue had set in, and my body was freezing. The waves had picked up as well, so I was duck diving all the time.”


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