Coast student sets world record for wakeboarding
A SEVENTEEN-year-old Woodford student has set a world record on the Sunshine Coast after wakeboarding upright continuously for almost seven hours at Bli Bli.
Kilcoy State High School student Chad Dumble was up before the birds yesterday morning, hitting the water at Bli Bli Wake Park at 4.30am, to have a crack at the record, which previously sat at six hours and 17 minutes.
Chad managed to eclipse that mark with six hours and 42 minutes and was cruising to break the seven-hour barrier before an unfortunate power outage brought the cable Chad was using to a stop.
However the new world-record holder was all smiles yesterday, soaking up a bite of sushi after a well-earned massage after his mammoth wakeboarding session.
"It's a great feeling. It's something I always wanted to do (break a world record)," he said.
"I was going around and around in circles for six hours and 42 minutes, so I rang a lot of people and listened to music.
"I was getting water handed to me from a jet ski and I had a chocolate bar too."
Inspired to go for the feat after watching an episode of Guinness World Records, Chad said the water had been a little on the cool side when he jumped in yesterday morning, but soon got into the groove as his preparation paid dividends.
"I was pretty confident the whole time," he said.
Wakeboarding for three years, Chad said he began riding endurance-style four weeks before his world-record attempt, and had a three-hour run a week ago.
Chad said he was open to having a shot at another world record in the future, however had no plans to try to break his own mark set yesterday.
"I'll never try to do my one again," he laughed.
Quirky World Records:
Canadian Kevin Fast holds the record for the heaviest aircraft pulled by a man, towing a CC-177 Globemaster III, weighing 188.83 tonnes for 8.8m in 2009.
American Charlotte Lee has the largest collection of rubber ducks, with 5631 as of 2011.
The longest jump on a unicycle belongs to Austrian David Weichenberger, who leapt 2.95m in 2006.
The most times hit by a car in two minutes belongs to German Dietmar Loeffler, who was struck eight times in 2007.