Josh Enslin, one of PE's most dedicated surfers, needs our support this Saturday and Sunday. He'll be hitting the surf this weekend to try break the Guinness World Record for the longest surf session. He needs to surf for more than 29 hours and 27 minutes to claim the title.
The attempt is not only about claiming the record, but also a charity drive for a number of worthy causes in and around the PE area. "There will be a massive donation drive alongside the record attempt,” says Josh. “We will be gathering and donating old surf equipment and old wetsuits and blankets and canned food that Cyoh Surf Club will donate to underprivileged surfers around our surf community, and we will be donating blankets and canned food to the street children of Port Elizabeth.”
So pull in to Pollock beach and support Josh, and bring what you can to support the charity drive. Double whammy goodness.
Josh hits the water at 12h00 on Saturday. So come grab some lunch down at the beachfront and come give him a yell.
If you're wondering what all the nitty gritty criteria for such a record would be. So in a nutshell Josh has to do the following:
Longest surfing marathon Record definition
Rules for Longest surfing marathon
1. The participant may use any traditional design of surfboard, though not one that has been modified significantly for the purposes of the attempt.
2. They may change surfboards through out the attempt but only during rest breaks unless a board is damaged.
3. A wet suit (or dry suit) may be worn.
4. While we accept that the paddle-in and waiting for a rideable wave are and integral part of surfing, however, apart from rest breaks a substantial percentage of the time must be spent actively surfing and we will not accept any claim where there are long pauses between any element (paddle-out and surfing the wave).
5. The rest breaks (as per the marathon guidelines) are the only time during the attempt when the surfer may leave the water.
Rules for 'endurance marathon' records
• The attempt must take place in a public place or in a venue open to public inspection.
• The record is measured in days, hours, minutes and seconds.
• No person under the age of 16 may attempt this record. Documentary evidence of permission must be provided for any participants who are between 16-18 years.
• A detailed log book outlining the progress of the attempt, including rest breaks and witness changeovers, must be created.
• Rest breaks do still count towards the final total length of time for the record. However, it is not permitted to add any remaining rest time available to the total at the end of the attempt. If you are approaching the end of the attempt and still have rest break time left over, you must take it and then resume the game before calling an end to the attempt in order for that time to be included.
a. Rest breaks are the only point where the claimant may stop performing the activity during the attempt.
b. Rest breaks are the only time the claimant can take a bathroom break or sleep during the attempt. They may consume food and drink while the record is in progress, but this must not disrupt the flow of the attempt.
c. The following acts as a guide of how you must calculate and monitor rest breaks. In simple terms, you are allowed 5 minutes rest for every continuously completed hour of activity. These can be accumulated to give, for example, 20 minutes worth of rest time after 4 full hours of activity. If you do a shift of 4 hours 30 minutes activity without stopping, you have still only accumulated 20 minute as only completed hours count.
d. Any rest time that has been accumulated can be taken in full or in part at the discretion of the participant(s) at the appropriate time. Any unused rest time can then be carried forward to be taken at a future time during the attempt. However any unused rest time cannot be added to the end of the attempt when it is completed.
e. Rest breaks must be documented in a log book maintained by the independent witnesses at the attempt.