South African man to attempt world record 30-hour surf session

Josh Enslin World Record Attempt South Africa

Josh Enslin will attempt to surf for 30 hours straight to set a world record. Photo: Kody McGregor

A South African man is attempting to break a world record by surfing for 30 hours straight.

Billabong employee Josh Enslin, 30, who hails from the South African surf town of Port Elizabeth, is determined to break the Guiness World Record of 29 hours and 27 minutes set in August of last year by American Ben Shaw.

"I am stoked to give the World Record an attempt,” Enslin told Surfers Village. “I am super excited, anxious and nervous all in one. The oceans' elements play the factor here. It will be all about keeping a good balance but that's hard when mother nature is in control. I have nothing to prove to anyone, this is just between me and the ocean and my longest surf session ever.”

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The attempt will go down some time in November and will take place at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth.

But Enslin’s attempt at the record will be for more than a simple title, he will also be using the media attention generated by the attempt to help stage a massive donation drive to benefit those less fortunate in Port Elizabeth’s surf community.

"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,” said Enslin. “We will be donating blankets and canned food to the street children of Port Elizabeth."

And if he’s successful in staving off the dehydration, exhaustion, hypothermia and sharks that could derail his attempt?

“It would be rad to have the World Record Title on our South African shore line,” said Enslin.

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