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October 02, 2009

Surfers on board for Guinness World Record attempt in Cape Town


Surfers will congregate in Muizenberg, Cape Town on October 4, 2009 in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave. One hundred is the number to beat!

The record attempt will be part of the Earthwave global surfing and sustainable lifestyle event.

Cape Town Tourism’s “Live it! Love it! LOUDER!” campaign for the 2010 World Cup has got involved in the action and from 12h00 onwards will be demonstrating the diski dance. There will be spot prizes for the best diski dances, so get practising!

Cape Town Tourism will also be sponsoring a group of 40 youngsters from disadvantaged communities to attend the festival, and entering a corporate team in the world record attempt.

The Earthwave Global Surf Challenge is an initiative created by the Cape Town-based Kahuna Surfing Academy. Earthwave aims to provide surfers of all ages with the opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the world about reducing our impact on the environment.

Earthwave will provide clearly demarcated bins for recycling paper, plastic and glass. They have also reduced the use of paper by handling all the entries and certificates for participation online. There are negotiations with Metrorail to allow all train passengers travelling to Muizenberg with surfboards to ride free of charge. Entrants are also encouraged to share car rides to help reduce their carbon footprint.

Dene Botha, owner of Kahuna Promotions, the founders of Earthwave, is confident that the weather will be favourable for the record attempt. “Surf prediction guru Steve Pike of Wavescape.co.za tells us that the wind will drop on Saturday, and Sunday will have very light winds, sunshine and small waves,” he says. “This will provide ideal conditions for us to break the Guinness World Record of 100 surfers on the same wave, set at Earthwave Brazil last year.”

An over-18s party will be held that evening at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay, where South African “funny-man” Mark Sampson will have people in stitches with his comedy sketch.

The official number of how many surfers rode the same wave will also be announced along with the results of Earthwave events in Brazil and Argentina.

Organisers are expecting more than 350 surfers to line up at 12h30 on Sunday. Registration will open at 10h00 and participants are encouraged to arrive early to avoid the rush.

Contact kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for further information on the Earthwave event.

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