On a Sydney beach, ex-pro surfer Blake Johnston set the previous world record for surfing and then broke it by a large margin. However, the action was also for a good cause.
An Australian ex-professional surfer claims to have set a record on the board while raising money for a good cause. Off the coast of the metropolis of Sydney, Blake Johnston only jumped off his board early on Friday morning (local time) after he said he had broken the previous world record of 30 hours and eleven minutes in continuous surfing set by South African Josh Elsin.
At Cronulla Beach, the 40-year-old briefly went ashore to address reporters, cheering fans and onlookers, as seen in a video. “I still have something to do,” said Johnston, then looking at the 40-hour mark of continuous surfing that he had set himself: “I said 40 (hours), so let’s go back again.” He started his long-term surfing early Thursday morning.
Blake Johnston masters at least 500 waves
After another ten hours on the surfboard and mastering at least 500 waves, the surf instructor finally came ashore on Friday afternoon. Johnston was treated by paramedics and carried on the shoulders of fans as seen in photos. He then drove away with his family in the car. The aim of his record attempt was also to raise money for a foundation that takes care of the mental health of young people: “Everyone deserves to feel great.”
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