An Australian surfer has just broken the Guinness World Record for the longest surf, catching 525 waves during a marathon 30-hours in the water.
Former professional surfer Blake Johnson, 40, successfully completed the challenge he set for himself to raise money and awareness for mental health.
Hundreds of supporters and locals packed Cronulla Beach in Sydney as Johnson emerged from the surf at 7:11am Friday morning after continuing through the night.
Asked how he felt after 30 hours and 11 minutes in the water, an exhausted but happy Johnson replied: ‘Pretty cooked’.
Dehydration, sleep deprivation, hallucinations and sharks are just some of the dangers involved with the record-breaking surf.
Blake Johnson, 40, broke the world record for the longest surf when he emerged from the water at Cronulla at 7.11am Friday after 30 hours
The former pro-surfer, who is raising money for mental health charities, was greeted by hundreds of supporters on locals on the sand
Johnson walked up the beach to cheers and hugs and said he felt ‘pretty cooked’ after the marathon challenge
His effort has so far raised more than $230,000 via his World’s Longest Surf site which will be given to the Chumpy Pullin Foundation, named after the Olympic snowboarder, and several youth mental health organisations.
‘Everyone deserves to feel awesome, everyone should take care of themselves,’ he said on the beach before turning around and heading back into the waves.
‘I said I’d do 40 hours,’ he called back.
He is continuing for another 10 hours through Friday to reach the 40 hour mark.
Johnson said he was completing the surf for his father and three of his friends who sadly lost their mental health battles.
‘I push myself to the limits with my adventures to prove to myself I’m worthy and can get through hard times and that’s when my lessons are learnt.’
He caught 525 waves on Thursday, throughout the night and then continued into Friday
The 40-year-old said he could run for 40 hours so felt he could also surf for that long (pictured with his partner)
After briefly celebrating the record he turned around and went back into the waves because he’s set himself a 40 hour milestone