December 8, 2022

Guinness World Records Surfing

Official records in surfing and near surfing
You will never guess how many results a search for the word “surfing” gives on the official Guinness World Records website. 296, Karl! I was discouraged and honestly flipped through all 15 pages of results.

I will not lie; records there were mixed with news and some articles, and from page 5 in general, the search for the word “serving” began. (And it should be noted that there were indeed ten remaining pages of records in the category “the largest portion of anything”!).

Nevertheless, there are a lot of documents related to surfing, and I’ll tell you about them today.

Most extended travel on a wave

3 h 55 min 02 sec

Gary Saavedra, a 13-time surfing champion of Panama, was the first to be opened by the authorities in the Panama Canal

On March 19, 2011, Gary rode the wave behind the boat and did not leave it for almost 4 hours.

During this time, he traveled 66.47 km, which also broke the existing record for the longest journey.

Yes, behind the boat, this is not pretty classic surfing, but imagine how he rolled away!

This record, by the way, like some others, is found twice in the Guinness Book – in the male and female versions. So that

Longest wave ride (female)

2 h 18 min 24 sec

On October 21, 2013, American Ashley Shaddix set this record at Lake Weir in Florida, also on the wave behind the boat

First-person to achieve maximum score in a WSL competition

Kelly Slater, May 17, 2005

In competitions, the waves are evaluated on a 10-point scale, and the result of the arrival is the sum of the points of the two best waves.

So, getting a 10-kg per wave is very difficult. But, on the other hand, riding two such ideal waves in 20 minutes is incredible.

Nevertheless, athletes do it, and the first Superman was, of course, old man Kelly! He set a record for the spot Tiahupu during the final of the Billabong Tahiti Pro contest.

The biggest wave

24.36 meters

Since 2011, the record for the most significant wave taken has been set on the Portuguese spot Nazare

It was last updated just a year ago, on November 8, 2017, when Brazilian Rodrigo Kosha rode a wave of 24.36 meters (80 feet), just half a meter breaking Garrett McNamara’s previous record.

There is also a gender variation in this nomination:

Most giant Wave (Women)

20.72 meters

On January 18, 2018, Brazilian big wave Maya Gabeira successfully rode a 20.72 meter (68 ft) wave on Nazar

The most recent entry about surfing appeared in the Guinness Book of Records quite recently.

Maya made her previous attempt to set this record four years ago, when she started a surge of 80 feet, but fell and miraculously survived.

And one more entry on the topic of the most significant wave, but in this case with limited equipment – no jets.

The most considerable wave taken by a surfer on his own

19.2 meters

Bigwave surfing can be divided into two subspecies: moderately large waves, when hands rake surfers, and huge waves, but the riders are dispersed by a jet.

Waves more giant than 10-15 meters are challenging to grasp with “hands”; they are so large that the pushing wall is given only at the moment of collapse.

But some madmen try, and they succeed!

For example, on January 15, 2016, American Aaron Gold cleared 63 feet (19.2 meters) wave on the Hawaiian Jaws spot

The most significant number of maneuvers on one wavelength


Do you think that a couple of turns is a good ride? Not bad, but far from the world record! On May 4, 2012, Peru’s Cristobal De Col Monge clocked 34 turns on his home spot.

However, the wave was appropriate – the legendary, the longest left in the world – Chikara

Longest daily surf marathon

40 years

On September 2, 1975, Dale Webster decided to skate every day no matter what

Moreover, the gurney is valid only after three good long waves.

And he rode every day, sat for hours, waiting for at least some kind of wave on days when he did not swing at all; swam steadfastly in a storm on days when for good it was necessary not to leave the house.

On January 1, 2003, he set a record of 10,000 days but did not stop there, but only finished on October 6, 2016: 40 years, one month, and one day.

Surfing 14 641 days in a row. Why did he choose this particular number? Apparently Dale is very fond of math: 114 = (11×11) 2 = 121×121 = 14 641.

Having finished his marathon, but continues to skate, now he allows himself to take breaks and can finally travel!

There are individual and public records in the Guinness Book when surfers get together and do something fun.

Most massive swim

511 people

The International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach gathered a record number of participants – half a thousand people stretched out into a giant circle on June 20, 2017

Surfers have a tradition of celebrating a significant event with a memorial swim. Surfers swim into the ocean, sit on boards and hold hands, forming a ring.

Most people on one board and most giant surfboard

66 persons, 42 feet

In 2015, an unusual event was held on Huntington Beach – Epic Big Board Ride, during which a team of 66 people caught a wave and rolled on a giant board

The 42-foot surfboard, which is almost 13 meters, was made specifically for the record, and it also earned a separate entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the giant surfboard.

The most significant number of people on the same wavelength

110 people

On October 4, 2009, in Cape Town, South Africa, more than a hundred people managed to catch and ride the same wave!

The action was held as part of the Earthwave beach festival, the purpose of which was to draw public attention to global climate change.

So, when one or even two people drop you while surfing, smile because this is far from the limit.

The most massive surfing lesson

320 people

On December 15, 2015, an Australian surfing school held a lesson for 320 people on Bondi Beach

The study included theory ashore and practice in the water, and as the Christmas holidays approached, all participants dressed in Santa Claus costumes.

The proceeds from the campaign were donated to the local surfing community, which raises awareness of mental health issues.

There are also a few posts about surfboards.

Most surfboards docked on one machine

282 boards

In 1998, surfers enthusiasts at Santa Barbara Beach successfully attached 282 surfboards to the Army SUV Humvee and rode 100 feet (30 meters) along the beach

Longest surfboard line

1682 meters

The difficulty of this record, set on May 21, 2016, in Long Beach, was that 685 boards had to be found somewhere

But, like other similar events, this one had a social background – the organizer, Laura O’Shaughnessy-Swan, wanted to unite the residents of Long Beach in this way and show love and solidarity after Hurricane Sandy 2012.

Her idea was supported and helped by the city authorities, local surf clubs, and arts patrons.

The most extensive collection of surfboards

647 boards

“There are never too many boards,” thought Donald Dettloff, and 15 years later, the number of his surfboards exceeded six hundred

Donald lives in Hawaii, Fr. Maui. In 1990, a hurricane was approaching the island so that the strong wind would not carry the boards away.

So Donald decided to tie them to the fence. In the end, he collected the collection, which was included in the Guinness Book Records on November 5, 2009.

And finally, the cutest surf record

Most extended travel of a man and a dog on a paddleboard

1690.5 meters

Brazilian Ivan Moreira enjoys paddle boarding

In 2011, he got a Labrador puppy named him Bono, and since 2012 he began to sometimes taken walks with him on SUP.

After several years of fun skiing together, Ivan decided that he wanted to ride with Bono on the river tidal wave, he was preparing for this event for a year, and on March 10, 2016, he fulfilled his dream. And at the same time got into the Guinness Book of Records.