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Huntington Beach Pier (November 21, 9:26 am) – SWELL’s self proclaimed “surf-happy microcosmonaut,” Billy Laity, set the new World Record by surfing 26 consecutive hours in far from favorable winter conditions.
Surpassing the previous record of 24 hours, Laity, surfed his way right into the Guinness Book of World Records. It was no small feat, considering the session outlasted one of the worst winter storms Southern California has offered up so far. This was no casual, sun soaked, idyllic day at the beach by any stretch of the imagination.
The 26 hour stretch taunted Billy with constant winds gusting between 20 and 40 mph, storm swell surging from all directions, a blinding and torrential downpour, water temperatures in the low sixties, and air temperatures in the low forties coupled with a near freezing level of wind chill. Despite the numerous obstacles, Billy broke the previous World Record (which was set in summertime North Carolina mind you) by a very fair margin. Catching a total of 147 waves and logging 26 consecutive hours in the water, this is believed to be a new World Record that should stand for a considerable amount of time, perhaps indefinitely.
“Some of those in our crew were somewhat sketching on this idea due to a bevy of pretty valid reasons,” Billy noted, “which included, but were not limited to, hypothermia, hydropsychosis, severe and unbearable crampage, the sudden loss of luxuries often taken for granted, such as being able, upon the setting of the sun, to take in a warm meal with the missus from the comfort of one’s humble abode.”
Where one would typically attribute such a feat to a strong will, perseverance, friends, family, etc, Billy can’t thank his sponsors enough for giving him access to all the gear technology the surfing industry has to offer. In addition to a strong support team, Billy was given the opportunity to put select gear and surf accessories carried by SWELL to the ultimate test.
Bill and the entire team at SWELL would like to thank the following companies that sponsored this endeavor via the contribution of their product: Billabong, Matuse, Xcel, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Infinity Surfboards, Regular Surfboards, Dakine, Watermans Sunblock, Sex Wax, Cliff Bar, and the city of Huntington Beach.
Fyasko clothing’s Mark Contreras surfing in his Newport and San Clemente…
Swell is flying in the Guinness officials on Nov. 20, 2010 to judge SWELL’s own eternal grom and resident surf gear guru, William L. Laity 37, in his attempt to break the world record for longest continuous surf session.
We’re setting the stage for this marathon feat at the south side of Huntington Beach Pier, where judges can monitor his progress and keep an eye out for the man in the gray suit.
The current record stands at a solid 24 hours, set by lifeguard Thomas Cannon in the warm summer waters of North Carolina. Bill will be pushing to beat that by a considerable amount.
Bill’s only preparation lies in his compulsory surf lunches and strict diet of Cheez-It crackers .
He had this to say about the impending challenge,
“I, Swell.com’s favorite son and all around surf happy microcosmonaut, William L. Laity the First, have decided to throw caution to the winds of prevailing wisdom, and attempt with great fervor and willingness this cataclysmic feat. Some of those in our crew were somewhat sketching on this idea due to a bevy of pretty valid reasons, which included, but were not limited to- hypothermia, hydro-psychosis, severe and unbearable crampage, the sudden loss of luxuries often taken for granted- such as being able upon the setting of the sun to take in a warm meal with the misses from the comfort of one’s humble abode.”
In concert with attempting such a feat will be the opportunity to test SWELL’s vast and varied stock of surfboards, wetsuits and gear. The mettle of the man and his tools will be put to the ultimate test of endurance and circumstance.
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The magic number was TEN.
He scored a perfect ten to win his tenth title in 2010. Esoteric number crunching has probably gone as far as the 23rd enigma, but his dominance was no coincidence. Those of us watching the contest live had little doubt he would clinch the title and the contest, like Steph Gilmore achieved days before. His turns were more critical, his tail whipped 270°, and that alley-oop in the final looked strapped in.
The win marked the richest pro surfing purse in history at 175K total –banking 75K for the event and 100K for the world title bonus. The after-party interviews made us think he set a record bar tab as well with the tour’s best merry-makers all imbibing heavily and joking that the tab was on Kelly. Even last year’s champ, Mick (Eugene) Fanning, hi-jacked the mic for some hi-octane outtakes as Slater himself fashioned a fishbowl of a pina colada (an odd choice for the health conscious champ).
The celebration transcended the constant comparisons with mainstream sports, with every competitor embracing each other, rather than hanging their heads in defeat. But, even still the comparisons keep coming. To the surf community his enduring dominance at the top dwarfs the milestones of legends like MJ, Nolan Ryan, and Wayne Gretzky among others. While these comparisons are unequivocal, and possibly upsetting to most traditional sports fanatics, they are not with out merit when looking at his 20 year career as a phenomenal title-clenching athlete.
His place in history lies in his scientific, and meticulous, approach to competition that forever changed the sport. His competitive, yet remarkably humble mentality can be seen in his day to day life as well: He travels with biochemical meters to measure his dietary intake, experiments with extreme exercise regiments, and often times prefers inhabiting tents rather than fancy hotels. Friends refer to his mindset as “twenty clocks working at once”, meaning his every move has a deliberate purpose in his winning mentality.
What makes Slater Greater is not just his abstaining from the party scene, but his dedication to improving the enduring quality of the surfing world for everybody… one mind-blowing maneuver at a time.
As for now, we’ve heard he’s back in San Clemente hanging with his surrogate family and home of his girlfriend Kalani Miller. We hope he gets plenty of time to sleep before pipe, so the rest of us in San Clemente can get some waves.
GrindTv’s reel gives a great wrap up of Slater’s incredible journey to the top: