Steve Pike

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

FROM noon to­day, spare a thought for a Port El­iz­a­beth surfer while you set­tle into a re­lax­ing week­end.

Josh Enslin, 30, is go­ing to try and break the Guin­ness World Record for surf­ing non-stop. If he man­ages to do so, he will still be pad­dling around at the Pipe surf spot when you sit down for your Sun­day lunch tomorrow.

In fact, if he equals the Surf Marathon World Record, you’ll al­ready be feel­ing peck­ish for din­ner at 27 min­utes past five tomorrow af­ter­noon. Amer­i­can Ben Shaw holds the record of 29 hours 27 min­utes set on Au­gust 31 last year.

Many peo­ple in PE think he’s off his trol­ley, oth­ers might think it a bit lame, but even more are “stoked” at the public­ity he has al­ready gar­nered for the Friendly City, and the im­pact it could have for lo­cal char­i­ties.

The mo­ti­va­tion that drives peo­ple to the ends of their en­durance is a curious thing. Enslin is go­ing to be very sore af­ter mov­ing from day into sharky night and back into day. There is the chance of some ugly rashes, let alone ex­haus­tion and po­ten­tial hy­pother­mia.

The risks sounds painfully fea­si­ble. In or­der for him to break the record, he has to catch be­tween 350 and 400 waves. That’s one wave ev­ery five min­utes. He can eat and drink (in the wa­ter), and can only rest for five min­utes ev­ery hour.

But per­haps the crown of en­durance surf­ing be­longs to 66year-old Dale Web­ster.

For 40 years, start­ing on Septem­ber 3, 1975 in San Francisco, this crazy man surfed ev­ery sin­gle day ( catching a min­i­mum of three waves). That is 14 641 days.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle in Surfer Mag­a­zine, Web­ster surfed “no mat­ter the con­di­tions or cir­cum­stances. When storms were blow­ing waves back out to sea, he was out there. When his daugh­ter was born, he was out there. When he passed a kid­ney stone, he was still some­how out there. And on the day his wife died of can­cer, he was out there catching three to the beach”.

Then, on Oc­to­ber 5 this year, he stopped. Web­ster had to un­dergo mi­nor surgery for an­other kid­ney stone and was out of the wa­ter for two months.

Now that’s ded­i­ca­tion. There are plenty of other “most of ” records. Kelly Slater, of course, holds the Most Wins on the WSL World Tour.

Guin­ness says that the “Most Peo­ple Rid­ing a Surf­board” record is 47 on a 12-me­tre board at Snap­per Rocks, Aus­tralia, in 2005. It could also have been the big­gest board ever towed-in. How else were they go­ing to get go­ing?

The world record for the “Most Surf­boards Stacked on a Car” is 282 near Santa Bar­bara, in Cal­i­for­nia, nat­u­rally. They drove 30.4 me­tres.

An­other Amer­i­can, Don­ald Det­t­loff, owns 647 surf­boards. From Maui in Hawaii, it took him 15 years to col­lect them, and ap­par­ently uses them as a fence. When he goes for a pad­dle, he runs down the gar­den, up­roots a board and goes surf­ing. Okay, I made the last part up.

The big­gest wave is at­trib­uted to Gar­rett McNa­mara who al­legedly rode a wave at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, with a face of 78 feet. I say al­legedly be­cause that wave is hard to judge. But it’s in the Guin­ness Book of Records.

The long­est rid­den wave goes to Steve King, a Bri­tish surfer who en­joyed the Long­est Ride on a River Bore for 12.23 kilo­me­tres along the Sev­ern Bore in Glouces­ter­shire in 2006. How­ever, there are some who have rid­den the Poro­raca or the Bono, in Su­ma­tra, who might claim oth­er­wise. The Bono is known to travel 60km in­land.

Back in PE, Enslin’s mo­ti­va­tion is ap­par­ently not just per­sonal glory but for char­i­ties around his city, in­clud­ing do­na­tions he wants through his Cyoh Surf Club. Good­will and good karma can help you en­dure dis­com­fort, but I am not sure Lasha Pataraia was hear­ing that when he broke his record in 2012.

Pataraia man­aged to haul an eight-ton truck for 21.5 me­tres near Tbil­isi, Ge­or­gia.

How? With his ear.

World Champ

SOUTH AFRICAN Jared Hous­ton was crowned the 2015 As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Body­board­ers (APB) World Tour cham­pion in Puerto Rico amid deliri­ous scenes on the beach ear­lier this week. Hous­ton nar­rowly took the ti­tle with 5674 points to the 5652 of French­man Pierre-Louis Costes.

It was a close shave for Hous­ton, who had to watch from the beach at the last event of the sea­son as Costes came close to win­ning the event, and the world ti­tle, but lost in the fi­nal against Hawai­ian Dave Hubbard.

Weather Tip

MOD­ER­ATE south winds to­day blow across a solid six foot swell on the west side, with on­shore 3’ surf in Muizen­berg. Tomorrow the surf drops to 4’ and the wind picks up to strong SSE, with Muizen­berg ragged and messy.


TO­TALLY TUBU­LAR: South African Jared Hous­ton won the 2015 World Body­board­ing cham­pi­onship this week.

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