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Australian surfs for 40 hours to smash globe record


Mar 18, 2023

The 40-year-old former surfing pro broke down in tears just right after smashing South African Josh Enslin’s preceding record of 30 hours and 11 minutes.

Johnston surfed back to shore in the evening to rapturous applause from hundreds of supporters who had gathered at Sydney’s Cronulla Beach to watch.

Wearing a black cowboy hat and draped in a thermal blanket, he was carried off the beach on his friends’ shoulders just right after eventually hanging up his surfboard.

Johnston raised far additional than Aus$330,000 (US$221,000) for mental wellness, taking on the record to mark ten years due to the truth losing his father to suicide.

He rode far additional than 700 waves in setting the record, braving pitch-black seas that are home to quite a few species of shark.

“I’ve nonetheless got a job to do. I stated 40 (hours) so I will go and give it a crack,” he told reporters earlier in the day, just right after passing the preceding 30-hour record.

“I am really cooked, yeah, but we’ll push by way of.”

Johnston eventually surfed for far additional than 40 hours — possessing started at 1:00 am on Thursday, generating use of important spotlights to illuminate the water — but his official record time was not ideal away recognized.

Beneath the suggestions of the attempt, he was permitted to sporadically leave the ocean so he could soothe his eyes with eyedrops, refuel with snacks and lather himself up in sunscreen.

Medics would confirm his heart cost and blood pressure prior to he dashed back into the swell.

With Sydney in the grip of a minor heatwave, the water temperature has been hovering about a balmy 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit), lessening the threat of hypothermia.

‘Only 30 hours’

Johnston had initially planned to raise funds by tackling a 1,000-kilometre run (620 miles), but settled on surfing when he saw the preceding record was “only” 30 hours.

“I believed I could just do it,” he stated prior to the attempt.

“I push myself to the limits with my adventures and to prove to myself that I am worthy and can get by way of difficult situations, and that is when my lessons are learnt.”

He anticipated infected ears, dehydration and sleep deprivation would push his physique to its limits.

Johnston’s brother Ben stated they had also prepared for the possibility of a shark attack, but it wasn’t a factor that had worried them.

“I surfed at two in the morning with him and the lights essentially went out so it was pitch black,” he told national broadcaster ABC.

“There had been a complete bunch of jellyfish out there, so it was fascinating to say the least.”

It is not Johnston’s initial time taking portion in a marathon test of human endurance.

In 2020, he ran 1 hundred kilometres along the rugged coastline south of Sydney — covering the vast majority of the trek in bare feet.