1 October, 2012 1 October, 2012

Cape Town surfers fall short in world record attempt at BOS Earthwave Beach Festival

The Cape Town surfing community managed to get 84 surfers riding the same wave at Muizenberg on Sunday, well short of the Guinness World Record of 110 set at Earthwave 2009.

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Guinness World Record attempt + Ocean, Beach & Sustainable lifestyle events
Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Saturday & Sunday, 29 & 30 September 2012

Despite ideal conditions and the enthusiastic support of a packed beach, the Cape Town surfing community fell short in their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on Sunday.

More than 300 surfers of every age and ability paddled out in brilliant sunshine, a gentle offshore breeze and waist to shoulder high waves with great expectations of beating the record of 110 set at Earthwave 2009. After an hour and seven attempts, the best tally posted on the day was 84.

The fifth edition of the two-day festival of beach and surf culture that uses the interest surrounding world record attempts to generate awareness of sustainable lifestyle choices was the best to date.

Champions were crowned in provincial schools and longboard surfing and, for the first time in this country, in tandem surfing. There was also a touch rugby tournament, a stand up paddle (SUP) race to Kalk Bay and back and an attempt to set a world record for the longest line of surfboards on a beach’.

The sports events were staged alongside talks and presentations on environmental topics, free testing for various medical conditions, the BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt and fund-raising for the Sunflower Fund and Shark Spotters program.

The festival concluded with an after-party at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay on Sunday evening where comedian Mark Sampson, SA’s funniest surfer, and live music act Paul & Stef entertained the revelers and the official result of the Guinness World Record attempt, based on photographic evidence, was announced.

For the latest information of the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival go to www.facebook.com/BOS.Earthwave or www.kahunasurf.co.za  where you will find information on the program of events, images and videos. Follow the activities on Twitter @BOSEarthwave.

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