A Business Professor Just Set the World Record for Longest Surf Session — 29 Hours, 10 Minutes
by Owen James Burke
Above: a video of the last wave of the session, and a celebratory drink (Video: The Cabo Life)
North Carolinian Ben Shaw, a Cape Fear Community College Business professor, may have missed most of the juice from Hurricane Cristobal last week, but the residual swell offered up enough waves for him to stay in the water for a consecutive 29 hours and 10 minutes this past weekend — 5 minutes longer than the previous record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records, Kurtis Loftus of Jacksonville, Florida.
He entered the water at Kure Beach at around 6:30am on Saturday and did not leave until nearly noon on Sunday. Total wave count: 300.
Why — aside from the 300-wave count — would someone want to stay in the water for over 29 hours? Mr. Shaw did it to raise awareness for Ocean Cure, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to giving free surf lessons to medically fragile and at risk youth and adults.”
Shaw also recently set a North Carolina state record this past year by surfing for 439 days straight.
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