Ticket to Ride a World record breaking wave in England?
September 06, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports NewsTicket to Ride ‘Worldwide Surfing Adventures’ working alongside Surf Up Surf school “the UK’s leading surf school” set about the final preparations to bring home a World Surfing Record to English Shores by breaking the world record for the most amount of surfers riding the same wave at the same time.
With the sun shining and the summer surf trying, all was about to change on Polzeath beach on Sunday 2 September. Ticket to Ride ‘Worldwide Surfing Adventures’ working alongside Surf Up Surf school “the UK’s leading surf school” set about the final preparations to bring home a World Surfing Record to English Shores by breaking the world record for the most amount of surfers riding the same wave at the same time.
England has always had a record breaking history, however this record attempt was different, not only because of its nature but also because the same attempt would be taking place in 7 other countries across the world as part of an event called Earthwave ‘the global surfing challenge.’
“Nothing like this has ever been done before in England, and we are really pleased to bring surfing in England onto a world stage” said Linley Lewis (Co founder of Ticket to Ride).
Even with Mother Nature not in full support English spirits were reassuringly high; after all a world record attempt in surfing happening in England was something to get excited about. As the clouds rolled across the skyline, a sure sign that Summer, as we’ve tried to call it, was now swiftly departing. Final instructions were given and out they went to take it on.
With over 120 surfers taking part, money was raised to aid Surfers Against sewage for their research into how global warming is affecting the environment and ultimately the waves we ride, it was clear that this day would be producing winners all the way through even if surfing conditions would make the world record officially standing at 43 hard beat.
“Nonsense, the record is on” proclaimed an eager surfer as he made his way to the shoreline. And with that, our English surfriders took to the water.
Spectators gathered across the shoreline to watch the valiant surfers ageing through from six to sixty, including legendary comedian Harry Enfield with family in tow. “Today is all about getting involved and having fun out in the water whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause,” said Pete Craske Founder of Surf Up Surf School.
Waves were ridden, cheers were loud, the question is, did we take the record? Having watched the video footage through, the finest attempt came on the lucky third wave, carrying 31 triumphant surfers all the way to beach.
So in typically English fashion, the weather was grey, the sea was mild, the attempt was commendable and for everyone down there, it was the taking part that counted.
“The event was a resounding success, and with over a hundred surfers taking part raising around £500 for charity” said Ticket to Ride co-founder and event organiser Will Hayler, “See you down there again next year and fingers crossed for a little more sun, and a lot more surf. Either way we’re out there taking on the elements and loving every last memorable second.”
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