Guinness World Record for local surfer

2015-11-18 06:00
Josh Enslin (back) is congratulated after his 30-hour surf session to break the Guinness World Record by, from left Dave Mcgreggor, John Enslin (below, his dad) and Robert Jacobs. Photo: Theo Jeptha

Josh Enslin (back) is congratulated after his 30-hour surf session to break the Guinness World Record by, from left Dave Mcgreggor, John Enslin (below, his dad) and Robert Jacobs. Photo: Theo Jeptha

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GALE force wind and rain could not stop a local surfer from breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest surfing marathon.

Josh Enslin (30) stepped off his surfboard at 6pm on Sunday after 30 hours of catching waves, and thus beating the World Record of 29 hours and 27 minutes set by American surfer Ben Shaw last year.

Enslin started the marathon surf session at Pollok Beack at noon on Saturday.

Afterwards, a tired but overjoyed Enslin said that two hours before the end of the challenge he was wondering whether he would be able to see it through.

According to Enslin, of the Cyoh Surf Club, the record attempt was not only for personal achievement, but to also raise funds, clothes, food and other non-perishable items for street children and a children’s home.

Robert Jacobs of Cyoh said they were overwhelmed by the donations of clothes, food and blankets, as well as the support Enslin received from the public. Wetsuits and surfing equipment were also collected for disadvantaged surfers.

“He was never alone in the water and was supported right through the night by surfers taking turns in shifts to ride with him,” said Jacobs.

Enslin was only allowed ten-minute breaks every two hours.

According to Jacobs, the biggest challenge was the wind that was blowing gale force at times, as well as surfing through the night with the drop in temperature and the threat of sharks. To combat this he wore extra clothes and had a shark prod.

“The wind also hurt his eyes and we had to devise goggles for him from diving goggles,” said Jacobs.

By noon on Sunday, with 24 hours of surfing completed he had surfed 380 waves already, which is much more than the 300 surfed by Shaw during his challenge.

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