The Australian surfer Blake Johnston has been riding waves for more than 30 hours, without stopping. He has been surfing off the coast of Queensland in Australia; his aim is to set a world record for the longest time spent surfing.
Johnston is not only surfing for fun but is also hoping to raise awareness and funds for mental health. His mentor and friend, Luke Tyburski, had experienced mental health issues in his career and also participated in endurance events. When Tyburski pulled out of an event due to his conditions, Johnston took his place and continued to raise awareness for mental health.
The surfer began his record-setting attempt just after 5 am on Saturday, July 10th. He broke the previous record of 29 hours and 27 minutes held by American Ben Shaw. Johnston’s plan is to surf for over 33 hours, setting a new world record in his sport. Along the way, he has to take fitness and nutrition breaks regularly.
Blake Johnston is not alone in his surfathon; a team of nine people is supporting him. His team is looking after him and the surfboard, which he will change during his breaks. The surfer is also being monitored in real-time by GPS, and medical professionals are on standby in case of any emergencies.
In conclusion, Blake Johnston’s surfing record attempt is not only for personal achievement but also for a good cause. Mental health is a critical issue that needs to address worldwide, and his effort is helping raise awareness for the subject. While he is surfing, his team and medical professionals are making sure that he is safe and healthy. Johnston’s hard work and dedication will hopefully inspire more people to come forward and advocate for mental health awareness.