Port Elizabeth surfer to attempt world record 30-hour surf session

AUGUST 21, 2015

A Port Elizabeth surfer, Josh Enslin, 30, is attempting to break a world record by surfing for 30 hours straight, that is surpassing the Guiness World Record of 29 hours and 27 minutes set in August of last year by American, Ben Shaw.

Enslin, who also works for Billabong, told Surfers Village; “I am stoked to give the World Record an attempt.”

"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."

The attempt will go down some time in November 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.