Sydney man Blake Johnston broke the record for the longest surf session ever immediately after he hit the water at 1am on Thursday and planned to surf till Friday evening to raise dollars for mental well being.
Through the quick break, Johnston admitted that “every thing hurts” and that the marathon session was tougher than he anticipated.
“I’ve surfed all my life, but by no means in this realm. “Yes, it was mentally and physically difficult to say the least,” he told Nine’s Currently show.
Johnston broke the prior record of 30 hours held by South African Josh Enslin and will continue to surf Cronulla’s The Alley till Friday evening, taking his record to 40 hours.
Folks gathered along the beach to witness the globe record try and show their help.
Johnston, a regional surf instructor and former specialist surfer, is undertaking the grueling feat to raise dollars for the Chumpi Pullin Foundation. The charity was founded in memory of specialist snowboarder Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, who passed away in 2020.
Johnston lost his father, Wayne, to suicide ten years ago.
“This is in honor of our dad’s anniversary … for Blake, it is been like this crazy journey considering that we lost our dad,” brother Ben stated. “This is just a thing to respect and he definitely desires to actively show individuals that there are tools to deal with mental well being.”
The physical exertion of 40 hours in the water is intense, with dangers which includes sunburn, dehydration, sharks and marine stings. The strategy was to raise $250,000 for the foundation, and a lot more than $200,000 has currently been donated.
Johnston catches a wave from Cronulla Beach. Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Photos
Johnston’s wife Lauren stated that whilst she was relieved her husband was the new globe record holder, she by no means doubted he would finish. “I knew he would generally obtain the purpose he set,” she stated.
The 40-year-old stated earlier this week that he wanted to inspire the children he now coaches to surf and give them sensible tools and help to get via difficult occasions.
“Occasionally I am not great to myself.” “I place a lot of stress on myself to be a good husband, father and buddy,” he stated.
Johnston’s purpose of surfing a lot more than 500 waves – an typical of one particular every single six minutes – was also beaten with a lot more than 533 waves completed ahead of 9am on Friday.
“Yes, I am thrilled, but I am cooked.” I have eight hours left in the water now. So I am just dealing with it at the moment. “This is significantly a lot more hard than I anticipated,” he stated.
In Australia, the Lifeline crisis line is 13 11 14. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Other international suicide hotlines can be located at befrienders.org