- 25 November 2010 | Surfing
The Guinness World Records has had thousands of unusual challenges. Bill Laity, 37, added another one to the list. He simply decided to break the record for the longest continuous surf session, in Huntington Beach, from Saturday to Sunday, in stormy sea conditions.
Laity kicked off his attempt at 5am and fought heavy rain, strong winds and choppy waves. For 26 hours, the passionate surfer took his 5'7'' shortboard and defied the weekend swell.
"I was stressed. I knew everyone had my back and I didn't want to let anyone down", he said.
Bill is a surf-gear reviewer for the online surf retailer Swell, a San Clemente based company. During two months, he prepared the challenge to the detail. The entry form, the city authorization, the wave and wind forecast, the tides and the entire gear.
Wearing a 4/3 wetsuit, Laity surfed for 10 consecutive hours and had a small break. Another 12 hours, a sandwich, water and bananas. At the beach, the Guinness judges were filming and taking their notes.
The problems started to appear during night time. Bill says he had hallucinations imagining shark fins where there were only waves. At 9:26am, Bill Laity completed the 26th hour and got back to the beach. He was tired, but happy.
The Guinness men now will have to confirm the official breaking record. Lifeguard Thomas Cannon is still holding the best result. He surfed for 24 hours in North Carolina, on a longboard.