Take a bow Josh Enslin - you are the new Guinness World Record Holder for the Longest Surfing Marathon! Flipping bloody awesome! Local is lekker, but yoh, when it's world record local it's as lekker as it gets!
In his 30 hours 11 min in the water Josh caught 455 waves on his 5ft9 Dennis Ellis thruster, and collected R30 000 worth of donated goods (food, blankets, clothes, surf equipment) for the Cyoh Surf Club's Charity Drive. Respect!
Josh hit the water at 12h00 on Saturday, with a big crowd of supporters at the beach to cheer him on, and a big Nixon watch to keep time on proceeding.
Plenty of nervous energy around for the marathon task ahead. We've all clocked in long surf sessions - but nothing like Josh was about to attempt!
Late arvo and he had to come in to grab a hoodie (and a kiss!) and some gloves to get ready for the all-night stint in the water. The wind was on it, which made things pretty nippy despite the warm water temp.
The CYOH Surf Club crew were there in full support of their man, with the guys behind the admin table to keep count of all the official stuff like number of waves caught, and rest times etc. They also made sure that there were always a coupla guys in the water with Josh for moral support.
The sun set, but the supporters stayed put. Coupla tents went up on the beach, a few bottles of OB's circulated to keep the spirits up. Some of the groms took the night shift duties and took turns in the water with Josh.
Dawn broke on Sunday morning and with it some kiff clean lil waves. Despite a whole night's surfing Josh was still ripping the peelers to pieces. No stand n straight to the beach for him, uh uh, snap, smash, carve - he was on it. Powering like a machine. With wings from Red Bull!
Plenty happening on the beach - DJ's pumping out some beats, volleyball net, guys chilling on the deck. Conditions weren't too bad early Sunday morning, but then PE did what it's famous for. Wind. Lots of it.
The wind pomped midday Sunday - like only PE can. Nelson Mandela Waai - not baai. No worries - just chuck on a pair of goggles to keep the sand out ya eye's, and keep going.
Just to make sure Josh had to contend with every condition imaginable, the rain blew in late arvo - but no probs, wet already.
Finally the minutes and hours ticked away and the record was broken - and then smashed! He wanted to keep going, but his mates spoke some sense into him and he decided to hit the beach. The ou's went mal as their new World Record holder left the water for the last time, carried on his dad's shoulders. Champagne and hoots and hollers, perfect ending to a marathon undertaking.
An incredible achievement, and hopefully a record that'll stand for a long time. Well done Josh on being the new record holder and putting PE on the map. Big up's to the whole CYOH crew who supported their man the whole way through the event.
Shot to all the sponsors who made the event possible, Billabong, Chevrolet, Ivor Smith Electrical, Cape Courts & Civils, Green Secure, Trauma Net, Lifestyle Contractors, Surge Point Pictures, Innerview Film Art, Nutritech, Nixon, VonZipper, DPI Sign Industries, PEFSA X-Tra Foam, The Boardroom, The Boardtalk and Nelson Mandela Boardriders
You're a legend Josh - well done bru!
And big up's to your lady, Shelley Wells - cos behind every good man is a good woman!