Lonely Planet Writer

Surfing Santas break world record in Sydney

A pack of surfing Santas broke the world record for the largest surf lesson at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Tuesday.

Bondi beach, Sydney.
Bondi beach, Sydney. Image by George Grinsted / CC BY-SA 2.0

The 320 surfers exceeded the previous record of 250 surfers. Participants were recruited via social media and the event was designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and raise funds for a local charity: OneWave. The group also holds weekly ‘Fluro Friday’ where surfers come together to surf with a sense of humour by dressing up in outlandish outfits. A spokesperson for Onewave explained: “We’re giving people routine and purpose which is key in someone’s mental health recovery, and also engaging them in an activity that is quintessentially Australian”. Read more: bbc.co.uk