Yes, you read that correctly! Hundreds of Aussies got into the Christmas Spirit by dressing up like good ‘ole Santa Claus to set the record for the World’s Biggest Surf Lesson. The Guinness World Record confirmed to the BBC that the jolly spectacle that took place at Sydney’s Bondi Beach drastically exceeded the goal of 250 surfers with a massive and festive pack of 320 surfing Santas!
The organizers of the event said that the goal of this record-breaking surf event was to raise money for One Wave, a non-profit surfing community that works to raise awareness for mental health issues. It was kick-started by Let’s Go Surfing, a local surf school in Bondi and the local retailer known as RedBalloon.
The Christmas enthusiasts, who ranged in age and sizes, all dressed up as Santa Claus – Fully decked out in the fella’s signature white beard and red suit. All of the surfers took part in a 30-minute surf lesson. It included on-shore instruction and then they all paddled out into the water for some on-hands practice.
The adjudicator for Guinness World Records, Solvej Malouf, was at the event to congratulate the giant crowd of Santa Claus’. He also presented the organizers with an official certificate, in front of all of the local media and spectators.
After the success of the event, Nick Baker, the CEO of RedBalloon, took the time to express his happiness: “Surfing in December truly highlight the Australian summer Christmas. We were really excited to work with ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ and Bondi locals to break this record and to share an unforgettable RedBalloon experience with all 320 who participated. Today was a great example of what RedBalloon stands for at Christmas – that the best gifts cannot be wrapped.”
In addition to breaking the record, they were also able to raise $2,500, all of which was donated to the surfing charity “One Wave.”