By Iviwe Poti
PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA, Nov 17 (NNN-SABC) — South Africa has another surfing world record holder after 30-year-old local Port Elizabeth surfer Josh Enslin broke the Guinness World Record for the longest surfing marathon at Pollock Beach here over the weekend.
It was no easy feat for a man who started surfing when he was just three-years-old and now he is taking stock of his achievement, claiming the record was part of the show.
However, the main aim for the event was raising money for charity and his 455-wave, 30-hour ordeal raised 30,000 Rand (about 2,100 US dollars).
Enslin said here Monday: “We will obviously be donating all the proceeds to street children homes, animal welfares and we have about six to seven charities that will be benefiting.”
Going for the world record was extremely tough on the body and mind. He was only allowed a 10-minute break every two hours.
“Personally, as an individual, it is [a] great achievement and I’m really happy. The challenge is … you know surfing in freezing temperatures in the evening. Hypothermia was an issue, obviously fatigue, the sun, saltwater had a big impact on my eyes … it is called arc eyes. Around 25 hours I went blind in my right eye,” added Enslin.
The new record of 30 hours and 11 minutes must still be verified by the Guinness Book of World Records. But for now Enslin is only concerned with recovering from the ordeal. — NNN-SABC