April 1, 2023 1:38 am

Sydney man Blake Johnston has broken the record for the longest surf session ever held right after taking to the water at 1am on Thursday and harbouring plans to surf by means of till Friday evening to raise income for mental well being.

Through a brief break, Johnston admitted that “everything hurts” and the marathon session was tougher than he anticipated.

“I’ve surfed my complete life but under no circumstances in this realm. Yeah, it is been a mental and physical challenge, to say the least,” he told Nine’s Now show.

Johnston has smashed the earlier record of 30 hours held by South African Josh Enslin and will continue surfing off Cronulla’s The Alley till Friday evening, taking his record up to 40 hours.

Individuals have gathered along the beach to witness the globe record try and present assistance.

Johnston, a nearby surf instructor and former skilled surfer, is performing the gruelling feat to raise income for the Chumpy Pullin Foundation. The charity was set up to honour the memory of skilled snowboarder Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, who died in 2020.

Johnston lost his father, Wayne, to suicide a decade ago.

“This is to honour the anniversary of our dad … for Blake, it is been like this crazy journey considering the fact that we lost our dad,” brother Ben stated. “This is just anything to honour that and he seriously desires to actively show men and women that there are tools to deal with mental well being.”

The physical strain of 40 hours in the water is intense, with dangers which includes sunburn, dehydration, sharks and marine stingers. The program was to raise $250,000 for the foundation and a lot more than $200,000 has currently been donated.

Johnston catches a wave off Cronulla beach. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Photos

Johnston’s wife Lauren stated although she was relieved her husband was a new globe record holder, she under no circumstances had any doubt he would finish. “I knew he was constantly going to get the purpose that he set,” she stated.

The 40-year-old stated earlier this week he wanted to inspire the youngsters he now coaches in surfing and offer them with sensible tools and assistance to make it by means of hard instances.

“I’m not good to myself at instances. I place a lot of stress on myself to be a wonderful husband, father and pal,” he stated.

Johnston’s purpose to surf a lot more than 500 waves – at an typical of 1 wave just about every six minutes – has also been smashed with a lot more than 533 waves ridden prior to 9am on Friday.

“Yeah, I’m stoked, but I’m cooked. I’ve nonetheless got an additional extended eight hours left in the water right now. So just dealing with that at the moment. This is way tougher than I anticipated,” he stated.

  • In Australia, the crisis assistance service Lifeline is 13 11 14. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Other international suicide helplines can be discovered at befrienders.org

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