We Have a New World Record
Blakey Johnson breaks the record for the world’s longest surf and raises over $330,000 for youth mental health.
After 40 hours in the water, over 707 surfed waves, countless wettie warmers, and over $330,000 raised, former QS warrior and current CT trainer Blakey Johnson set the new world record for the world’s longest surf.
From 1 AM Thursday, March 16, until 5:07 PM on Friday, March 17, Blakey breezed through the unthinkable task that is the 40-hour session. After losing his father to suicide, Blakey used his world record attempt to gain awareness for mental health. He also sought to raise funds for the Chumpy Pullin Foundation — a charity that honors the legacy of late Olympic snowboarder Alex “Chumpy” Pullin — and focuses on youth mental health.
To keep him on target through the night, coaching royalty Andy King and Jay ‘Bottle’ Thompson paddled out with Blakey to keep the spirits high and the wave count up — more than likely fighting for the inside as well.
Blakey officially became the world record holder for the world’s longest surf at 7:11 AM after being in the water for 30 hours and 11 minutes. By this time, he had caught 537 waves and had raised $218,130 for the Chumpy Pullin Foundation.
At this point, most people would have stopped and called it a job well done. However, Blakey had other plans. “I’ve still got a job to do. I said 40 hours, so I’ll go and get that,” he said as he ran out for yet another 10 hours in the ocean.
And, yep, he got it.
About 50,000 spectators came out to cheer on the new world record holder, including Chumpy’s wife Ellidy. “Blakey and Chumpy both have that viking energy and to think about how much money he’s raised for the foundation, I can’t believe it.”
Blakey’s brother, Ben, another founder of the Chumpy Pullin Foundation, added, “You have no idea the opportunity this amount of money brings to the foundation. We now have an amazing platform that we will be able to push our mental health initiatives into the youth communities with Blakey as our role model.”
Even the local governments jumped in on the action. Both the major parties pledged $15000 donated if they are re-elected in the upcoming state poll.
It all came to a close at 5:07 Friday when Blakey hit 40 hours of surfing and caught 707 waves. By the time his family embraced him at the shore, over $330,000 had been raised.
“He’s done our dad proud,” Ben Johnson said.
Congratulations to our new world record holder.
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