Former pro breaks record for world’s longest surf in Australia

A former professional surfer broke the world record for the longest recorded surfing session in Sydney on Friday.

Australian Blake Johnston took to the water at Cronulla Beach in Sydney’s south at 1 a.m. on Thursday and moved past the previous mark held by South African Josh Enslin 30 hours and 11 minutes later.

Johnston sets out to surf over 40 hours straight as he attempts to smash the world record for the longest surf session and raise money for the Chumpy Pullin Foundation and Youth Mental Health.
Blake Johnston surfs at Cronulla Beach in Sydney on March 16, 2023. Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

The Australian plans to surf until Friday evening, extending the new record to over 40 hours on the water.

Johnston said he was “pretty cooked” when he briefly returned to the beach to answer questions from the media after breaking the record, hundreds of spectators cheering his achievement.

“Thanks everyone, you’re the best,” he said, before going back into the ocean.

“Everyone deserves to feel awesome, deserves to take care of yourselves. Good on you.”

On the morning of March 17, 2023 Johnston raised $215,530 which will go to the Chumpy Pullin Foundation and towards youth mental health causes.
Johnston spent 40 hours in the waters where he surfed more than 600 waves. Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

Spotlights were used at night to help guide Johnston in the surf and medics monitored his health on the beach.


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