Where I live, if we get a run of surf that lasts three days, it’s a big deal! So, the thought of surfing every day for 40 years seems not only impossible, but quite frankly a completely alien concept, but that is exactly what 67 year old Dale Webster has done, but after nearly 15000 days straight, Dale has decided to call time on his amazing surfing streak.
It was back in 1975, a year when the Vietnam war came to an end, Jaws hit the cinema screens for the first time and Sony released the first Betamax video tapes when Dale set out on his unusual quest. After a decent run of surf, and scoring waves everyday for a while, Dale decided to see if he could keep the run going until he had clocked up 100 days straight. 100 days turned into a year and remarkably one year turned into 40!
It wasn’t just a case of slipping on a wetsuit and entering the ocean, Dale set himself one key parameter and that was that he had to catch a minimum of 3 waves during each surf. Not an easy feat one would imagine. It didn’t matter what was going on in his personal life, Dale paddled out regardless and has set a record that will surely stand for many years to come?
Dale has been forced to call time on his unique surfing streak due to needing surgery on a kidney stone, but is vowing to keep surfing at his leisure in the years to come. Whats the longest run of surf you have ever managed and what do you make of Dale’s extraordinary record?
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