S. African surfer officially claims Guinness World Record for longest surf session

South African surfer Josh Enslin, 30, has claimed a new Guinness World Record for the longest surf session. The 30-year-old surfed for 30 hours and 11 minutes at Pollock Beach, near Port Elizabeth, back in November; however, the record was ratified by Guinness just recently.

“The team at Guinness [World] Records e-mailed me on Christmas Eve to tell me the record has been set,” Enslin told GrindTV. “I was confident that I’d done what was required, but it was a nice Christmas present to know it was all official.”

The surfer had been planning and training for the record attempt for more than six months.

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“The toughest part for me was the stretch from two to four in the morning,” Enslin told GrindTV. “Conditions were freezing, fatigue had set in and my body was freezing. The waves had picked up as well, so I was duck diving all the time.”

Wave 324. Photo by Kody McGregor

Wave #324. Photo: Courtesy of Kody McGregor

Enslin breaks the previous record of 29 hours, 27 minutes, set by Ben Shaw in North Carolina. During his day-night-day session, Enslin caught 466 waves, which equals one wave every four minutes, and raised more than $2,000 for charity.

The money will be used to gather surf equipment, wetsuits, blankets and canned food that the Cyoh Surf Club will donate to underprivileged surfers in Enslin’s local surf community.

Fist pumps as Enslin completes the feat. Photo by Kody McGregor

Fist pumps as Enslin completes the feat. Photo: Courtesy of Kody McGregor

Enslin braved the 64°F waters at Pollock Beach, which is only a 45-minute drive from Jeffreys Bay, where three-time world champion Mick Fanning was attacked by a great white shark in July. The area is well known for the presence of sharks.

“I was more concerned with the conditions than the threat of sharks,” Enslin said. “It was windy, calm, sunny and freezing during the surf, so hypothermia and dehydration were more of a concern, to be honest. Lucky I had a great wetsuit, and I didn’t see any sharks.”

On the beach and chaired up by his support crew. Photo by Grant Clegg

On the beach and chaired up by his support crew. Photo: Courtesy of Grant Clegg

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