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Show NewsPolzeath Beach, North Cornwall, England, Sunday 7 September 2008

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  Posted by a1david on Wednesday 3rd September, 2008 @ 00:00 GMT
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Sunday 7 September will see 100's of surfers take the water to catch the same wave and break the world record for the most surfers riding on the same wave at the same time. It is not like surfers to ever be precise about the location and exact...
Sunday 7 September will see 100's of surfers take the water to catch the same wave and break the world record for the most surfers riding on the same wave at the same time. It is not like surfers to ever be precise about the location and exact time of a surfing record attempt with wave conditions usually setting their own overriding agenda to any surfing record, however this surfing record attempt is different.

"Ticket to Ride Earthwave 2008 is all about getting as a many surfers as possible in the same place at the same time, and most importantly ensuring they surf the same wave all the way into the record books" explains Will Hayler, Event Director and Ticket to Ride Co-founder.

The current record stands at 84 surfers surfing the same wave and was set in Brazil last year as part of Earthwave 2007. Brazil look like strong contenders to break their own record again this year by holding the Brazilian 2008 Earthwave in conjunction with a national longboard competition.

The thinking behind the Earthwave concept came from South Africa as an idea to bring the global surfing community together on the same day to try a ride the annual Earthwave title onto their nation's shoreline as well as the global record books.

Ticket to Ride are flying the flag for England's attempt to take the world record with the support of Surf's Up Surf School and the Animal Surf Academy. The event will raise money for the RNLI as well as the Ticket to Ride Responsible Travel Foundation, set up to support township and community project development throughout South Africa, Mozambique and Costa Rica.

"World record waves don't come to Cornwall very often so I am looking forward to being one of the surfers out there riding it" says Rob Wood who travelled to South Africa with Ticket to Ride and now works as a surf instructor at the Animal Surf Academy on the beach in Polzeath.

A successful world record attempt relies on mass the participation from surfers of all ages and ability. Beach registration will be held at the Ticket to Ride beach tent on the day from 10.30am. Surfer assembly will then take place at 17.00 where last minute instructions will be given before surfing for the record from 18.00-19.00.

Last year's attempt was effectively a dress rehearsal for this year and we are confident about smashing the record" says Nikki Leadbetter in charge of surfer recruitment for the event.

Record celebrations are planned just up the road in Carters bar from 20.00 and will include the launching of the new Ticket to Ride film which follows last year's Riders on their journey around South Africa. There will also be live music from local favourite the Mad Rips.

See you down there!!!

For entry information contact the TTRide HQ +44 (0)208 7888 668
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